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S. Korea to be placed under extended social distancing measures for 4 more weeks Updated: 2021-09-06 13:40:46 KST

From Monday, extended social distancing measures are in place in a bid and to try and rein in COVID-19 outbreaks across South Korea ahead of the Chuseok holiday.
This time, the country's health authorities say, the measures have been extended for four weeks.

"From September 6th to Sunday October 3rd, the revised distancing measures will run for four weeks which is longer than the usual two week period considering the Chuseok holiday."

There are, however, a few revisions to the previous measures.
For the metropolitan region, which is under level four, up to 6 people can meet, even after 6 PM, if the party includes four fully vaccinated individuals.
In level three areas, groups of eight can meet if at least half are fully vaccinated.
Businesses such as coffee shops, restaurants, PC rooms, and singing rooms under level 4 can stay open for an extra hour until 10 PM.
However, bars and clubs must remain shut.

Authorities have also announced special anti-virus guidelines for the upcoming Chuseok holiday.
For seven days from September 17th to September 23rd, family gatherings of up to eight people are allowed as long as four members are fully vaccinated.
And, in-person visits are allowed at nursing hospitals and nursing homes for two weeks from September 13th to September 26th but only if booked in advance.
Despite the extension,from Monday, more students in South Korea will be able to attend in-person classes.
The country's health and educational authorities have eased attendance cap restrictions at schools even in areas that are under the toughest Level 4 distancing.
In such areas, the cap will increase to two-thirds for middle school students and to half or the entire student body for high school students.
First and second grade elementary students, as well as senior high school students will be able to attend off-line classes every day.
Half of the total student body from third to sixth graders in elementary schools will be able to join in-person classes.
In areas under lower level distancing rules, all schools can resume in-person classes as long as the COVID-19 situation is manageable.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.
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