All small businesses in the capital region, including restaurants, cafes, singing rooms and night life venues will be allowed to operate until midnight starting from July.
For other types of small establishments, restrictions will be completely lifted.
This comes as the country's new four-tier social distancing scheme takes effect next month.
Health authorities announced Thursday that although the pandemic is dragging on, they are trying to ease measures.
The scheme is still in the draft stage and more details are to be announced by next week at the earliest.
At current level two distancing in the capital region, businesses like restaurants, cafes, party rooms, indoor sports facilities, and bath houses must close from 10 PM to 5 AM.
But the new scheme allows businesses to operate until midnight, with customers able to enjoy the extended hours.
Authorities didn't mention any changes on restrictions for private gatherings, but hinted that the current capacity of up to four people could be changed to a maximum of eight.
Outside the capital region, where a distancing level of one.five is currently being applied, all facilities except 'door-to-door sales' are in operation without time restrictions.
Meanwhile, health authorities on Friday will announce if they are going to extend current distancing measures due to end this week.
Jang Tae-hyun, Arirang News.