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Special virus prevention measures for Chuseok holiday kick off on Monday Updated: 2021-09-13 17:04:20 KST

Authorities in South Korea have launched special virus prevention measures to allow South Koreans to enjoy the holiday season amid the pandemic.
For the next two weeks, certain social distancing measures will be relaxed.

From September 17th to the 23rd, families can gather in groups of up to 8 people, as long as four of them are fully vaccinated.
If it weren't for this measure, many people would not have been able to go and meet their relatives.

Another big change is that in-person visits will be allowed at nursing homes, if both the patients and visitors have been fully vaccinated, and at least two weeks has passed since their last dose.
The measures will run from Monday until September 26th.
But those who haven't been vaccinated can only greet their families in these facilities online.

Authorities have also asked people to pay respects to their ancestors online, instead of going to graveyards or memorial halls in-person. They have also decided to only sell window seats on trains and have asked people to use their cars when traveling,… to limit the number of people using public transport.

South Korea's Chuseok holiday comes at a time when the greater capital region is under the toughest level of the four-tier social distancing system.
Most other regions are under level three.

Health authorities have asked people to follow virus prevention measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 over the holiday period.
Shin Ye-eun, Arirang News.
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