The South Korean authorities have decided to extend the current distancing rules for another three weeks.
They'll likely be eased soon as the vaccination campaign continues, but for now daily case numbers are still too high.
Next month, businesses like cafes, restaurants and bars should be able to stay open until midnight.
Jang Tae-hyun has the details.
South Korean health authorities on Friday announced that they are extending the current distancing measures, including the ban on gatherings of five or more people which were due to end this week.
It will be extended for three more weeks until July 4th.
Although more people will be allowed to attend sports events and low-risk cultural activities like performances in stages.
In the meantime, 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.
Jang Tae-hyun, Arirang News.