The number of coronavirus cases reported in South Korea on Monday was below 400 for the first time since November.
There's still a ban nationwide on gatherings of more than four people, but as of today, coffee shops can have customers eat and drink inside, and other businesses like gyms and singing rooms can reopen.
Min Suk-hyen has more.
South Korea reported 389 new COVID-19 cases on Monday the first day with fewer than 400 infections in nearly two months.
Of them, 366 were locally transmitted and 23 were from overseas.
This brings the country's total cases to over 72-thousand.
The downward trend in cases has been attributed to tougher social distancing measures and mass virus testing.
Amid the slowdown, health authorities have decided to ease restrictions.
Starting today, stores are resuming their businesses in line with the country's eased measures.
People can now dine-in at coffee shops until 9 PM, but they must wear face masks at all times except when eating or drinking.
Those who refuse to do so can be fined a hundred thousand won or about 90 U.S. dollars.
Gyms, singing rooms, and cram schools in the greater Seoul area will also be allowed to run their businesses under limited capacity.
No more than 1 person is permitted in an eight-square-meter indoor space and these businesses are also required to close at 9 PM.
Group fitness classes like aerobics and Zumba, however, remain closed.
Churches and temples can also hold services, but only at ten percent of capacity in Seoul and its surrounding areas and 20 percent in other parts of the country.
The current Level 2.5 social distancing guidelines for the greater Seoul area and Level 2 guidelines for the rest of the country will be in effect until the end of this month.
Min Suk-hyen, Arirang News.