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S. Korea's distancing rules revised; capital region to allow gatherings of six people Updated: 2021-06-21 05:53:58 KST

A new social distancing scheme for the nation.

"The five-tier distancing measures in place right now have been revised to a four-tier system. We will implement a more realistic system that reconsiders the current ban on gatherings of five or more people and other restrictions."

Under the new scheme, local governments will have more leeway to decide on how to enforce prevention measures within their own regions.
While keeping the big restrictions in place, they can flexibly adjust the opening hours of businesses to fit their local needs.
These new measures will take effect from July, but the greater Seoul region will first undertake a two week trial, where only gatherings of up to six people are allowed.
Under the new rules, restaurants, bars, cafes and entertainment facilities can stay open until midnight.
And then from the 15th, the gatherings will be permitted for up to 8 people.
Regions outside the capital currently under level one, will have no bans on gatherings or business restrictions, starting from July.
The minister of education also announced a change in the prevention measures at schools.

"School doors will be wide open for the first time in the 17 months since the pandemic caused the unprecedented postponement of the school year."

This comes as South Korea reported 429 new Covid cases on Sunday.
Daily case numbers appear to be on an overall downward trend, falling to the mid-300s for a couple of days earlier this week and staying in the 400s this weekend.
South Korea's vaccine campaign have also successfully administered at least one dose off to 15 million people, more than 29-percent of the country's population.
Kim Yeon-seung, Arirang News
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