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S. Korea unveils new blueprint for 'Living with COVID-19' Updated: 2021-10-25 14:37:29 KST

The South Korean government has unveiled a new blueprint on how it plans to live with COVID-19.
The recovery to normal life will be carried out in three phases at 6-week intervals.
The first phase will begin on November first, the second in mid-December, and the final phase in late January.

Under the first phase, all facilities except for those considered high-risk will be able to operate 24 hours a day.
High-risk facilities include night-life entertainment facilities and fitness centers.
But they will still be able to open until midnight.
A "vaccine pass" will be required for these high-risk facilities to prove that people have been fully vaccinated or have tested negative for COVID-19 in the past two days.

These facilities have been closed for more than 6 months in the capital area under level four social distancing rules.
Meanwhile, singing rooms, public baths and movie theaters will be allowed to open without restrictions starting next Monday.

Private gatherings will be allowed nationwide for up to 10 people regardless of whether or not they are vaccinated.
However, in restaurants and cafes, no more than four unvaccinated people will be allowed per group.

A "vaccine pass" will also be required for events with more than 100 people, proving that attendees have been fully vaccinated or have tested negative for COVID-19.
Entering indoor sports facilities, singing rooms, and public baths will also require a "pass".

In the second phase, restrictions for private gatherings will still remain but restrictions on operating hours for bars and clubs will be lifted.
In the third phase, there will be no limits on private gatherings.
Authorities say the new measures are subject to change if the country sees a surge in cases.
The final details of the "Living with COVID-19" plan will be announced this Friday.
Choi Min-jung, Arirang News.
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