Beijing is­sues first red alert for air pol­lu­tion

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

Beijing is­sued its high­est pol­lu­tion alert on Mon­day, and said will last un­til Tues­day to 12:00 pm Thurs­day when It is ex­pected to dis­perse as a cold front ar­rives.

Beijing’s pub­lic trans­porta­tion sys­tem is ex­pect­ing 2 mil­lion ex­tra pas­sen­gers on Tues­day, ac­cord­ing to the city’s trans­porta­tion author­ity.

Dur­ing a red alert, kinder­gartens, pri­mary and high schools are ad­vised to sus­pend classes, out­door oper­a­tions of con­struc­tion sites are banned and some in­dus­trial plants are re­quired to limit or stop pro­duc­tion.

Car use will be lim­ited as cars are al­lowed on the roads on al­ter­nat­ing days de­pend­ing on the odd or even num­bers of their li­cense plates. In ad­di­tion, 30 per­cent of gov­ern­ment cars will be banned from streets on an odd/even ba­sis.

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