COVID-19 in S. Korea: Restrictions on operation hours may be lifted early-Nov.
Updated: 2021-10-22 17:02:22 KST
As South Korea looks to usher in the "Living with COVID-19" scheme,.. the government is beginning to release more information about what kind of changes will be made.
As part of the new plans restrictions on operation hours may soon be lifted.
"We will review the possible lifting of operating-hour restrictions for restaurants, cafes and other businesses… as part of the first phase in our transition in early-November."
For high-risk facilities including bars and other entertainment facilities, authorities are considering a temporary policy where visitors need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test or full vaccination in order to enter.
A recent survey showed that more than 75 percent of around 1-thousand respondents were in agreement of changing the prevention measures.
They say that it is necessary to find a new balance between normal life and COVID-19.
Health authorities will hold three more discussions, including a public hearing on Monday, to lay out the details of the "Living with COVID-19" plan.
The full plan will be announced within this month.
But with Halloween just around the corner, there are concerns of another outbreak.
To prepare for this major party-goer event, health authorities are implementing five-day-long special prevention measures starting from next Wednesday.
Officials will visit some of the most heavily frequented areas by party-goers in Seoul, to make sure virus prevention measures are being followed.
"We will take a zero-tolerance stance on foreigners who breach prevention rules by seeking their deportation… as well as fines and restrictions on businesses that abetted these violations."
As for vaccinations, South Korea has fully vaccinated 68.2 percent of its population.
Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum says that the country could reach 70 percent as soon as Saturday.
Kim Yeon-seung, Arirang News