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COVID-19 restrictions to be eased in S. Korea for those who've been vaccinated Updated: 2021-06-01 06:03:44 KST

From June first, people in South Korea who've had their first dose of the vaccine for COVID-19 can meet up for gatherings of immediate family members beyond the current limit of eight people.
That means, if five people in a family have received their first doses, the family could hold gatherings of up to thirteen people.
For the exemption to apply, at least two weeks must have passed since inoculation.
Also beginning in June are face to face meetings between nursing home residents and visitors if at least one side is fully vaccinated with two doses.
Visits have to be reserved in advance though and eating and drinking together still won't be allowed.
Senior welfare centers are easing their restrictions as well.

"With masks worn, senior welfare centers will start operating art and computer programs for the elderly who've been vaccinated. Those who've received both doses can participate in singing lessons and wind instrument classes."

And those working at high-risk facilities like nursing homes, mental hospitals and preschools are to be exempt from regular, preemptive testing once they've been completely vaccinated.
The government is also offering more incentives to encourage people to get their shots.
These include admission fee discounts for national parks, concert halls and even temple stays.
Perhaps the biggest incentive though is being able to take off their masks.
In July, those who've received their first doses can go outdoors without masks and will be exempt from capacity limits at religious facilities.
Two dose recipients can participate in choirs and are exempt from the four-person limit on private gatherings.
Authorities believe the benefits are translating into better public sentiment towards vaccination.
According to a survey conducted in late May, close to 70 percent of those not vaccinated wish to get the vaccine, rising by about 8 percentage points from April.
This comes as 5.4 million people, or 10.5 percent of the country's population, have been given their first doses.
As of Monday afternoon, the reservation rate for the AstraZeneca vaccine among those aged 60 to 74 stood at just under 69 percent.
Han Seong-woo, Arirang News.
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