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S. Korean gov't releases new social distancing measures on Fri. Updated: 2021-03-06 09:10:10 KST

The government unveiled a draft of new virus restriction guidelines yesterday.
It's a four tier system, that allows more freedom to businesses.
Our Choi Won jong reports.
The South Korean government unveiled a draft version of new social distancing guidelines on Friday, focusing on 'sustainable distancing' in ways that everyone can adhere to.
Under the current guidelines, there are five different levels, but the proposal would reduce that to four.
The level to be applied would be based on how many cases are confirmed every week per 100-thousand people.
Level 1 is for when there are fewer than zero.7 cases.
Level 2 for *more than zero.7 cases, and level 3 more than 1.5 cases.
Level 4, the strictest, is for when there are more than 3.
If this system were applied today, based on current case numbers, the country would be at the second level.
The proposal also affects private gatherings, which are currently banned for groups of five or more.
At level 1, there's an emphasis on hygiene and keeping a physical distance of one meter, and gatherings are allowed in principle.
At the next level, gatherings can have no more than eight people.
Level 3 is similar to the current rules fewer than five people and at the highest level, fewer than five, but also no more than two after 6 PM.
However, because of the current rise in cases, the government wants to be able to readjust the limit on business hours, when necessary, back to 9 PM from the current 10 PM.
So they're separating businesses into three different groups based on risk.
Group 1 will be bars and clubs.
Group two will include singing rooms, cafes, restaurants and religious facilities.
Other places that have customers or guests will go into group three, including theaters, weddings, funeral homes and cram schools.
This new system is still a work in progress, and a decision will be made after discussions with various organizations, starting with a public hearing on Friday afternoon.
In the meantime the government has announced new guidelines for visiting nursing hospitals nationwide.
Starting next Tuesday, they'll be allowed to admit visitors to see patients who are terminally ill.
But for safety, the visitor will have to provide a negative COVID test no more than 24 hours prior to the meeting and will need to wear protective gear while there.
Choi Won-jong, Arirang News.
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