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  • Changes to Social Distancing Starting July 1

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    Newly adjusted social distancing measures are applied starting July 1—simplified from five levels to four levels with eased rules on private gatherings of 5 persons or more that have been implemented for almost six months. In the Seoul metropolitan area, private gatherings of up to 6 persons will be permitted through July 14, followed by an increased capacity limit to 8 as of July 15. Restaurants, cafes, and bars will be allowed to remain open until 12 AM.

    The following is a summary of the newly adjusted social distancing details.

    On June 20, the Korean government announced its new social distancing rules. The goal of the adjusted revision is to establish a sustainable social distancing system based on autonomy and responsibility. The new rules focus on minimizing the business hours of multi-use facilities and prohibited gatherings, and strengthening management of individuals’ activities.

    The new social distancing rules take effect at midnight on July 1, 2021.

    It was discussed that the new social distancing rules would take effect after the implementation period that allows private gatherings of up to 6 people from July 1 to 14 in the Seoul metropolitan area. The application of the implementation period to the Seoul metropolitan area and social distancing levels by region will be announced in late June, considering the situation of the pandemic.

    Private gatherings of up to 8 persons allowed at level 2

    Private gatherings refer to all gatherings and events for socializing, such as staff parties (including lunch) and first-birthday parties as well as sixtieth/seventieth-birthday parties. There is no capacity limit for gatherings at level 1.

    At level 2, private gatherings of up to 8 persons are allowed, with exceptions made for gatherings of immediate family members. Up to 16 people are permitted for first-birthday parties.

    At level 3, gatherings of up to 4 persons are allowed, and there are no exceptions made for gatherings of immediate family members and first-birthday parties. At level 4, gatherings of up to 4 persons are allowed before 6 PM and no more than 2 persons after 6 PM so that people don’t go out after coming home.

    Fully vaccinated people are exempt from restrictions on gatherings, events, and rallies.Taking the vaccination progress and pandemic situation, it will be discussed that fully vaccinated people are exempt from seat emptying and the ban on standing concerts.

    Events of 500 persons or more must be reported in advance to local governments. Events of 100 persons or more are prohibited at level 2, and 50 persons or more prohibited at level 3. At level 4, all events are not allowed. Rallies and protests are only allowed for less than 500, 100 and 50 persons at level 1, 2 and 3, respectively. At level 4, only 1-person protests are allowed.

    Designated seating shall be applied to all large-scale performances, including musicals and concerts (indoor/outdoor), with up to 5,000 persons allowed at levels 2 to 4.

    Newly adjusted four-level social distancing classification (effective July 1)

    Newly adjusted four-level social distancing classification (effective July 1)
    Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4
    Standard
    (Seoul metropolitan area)
    ▪ Less than 1 person per 100,000 (<250) ▪ 1 person or more per 100,000 (≥250) ▪ 2 persons or more per 100,000 (≥500) ▪ 4 persons or more per 100,000 (≥1,000)
    Private
    gatherings
    ▪ No restrictions, but must comply with COVID-19 protocol ▪ ≤ 8 persons
    (6 from July 1–14)
    ▪ ≤ 4 persons
    (no more than 5)
    ▪ ≤ 4 persons
    (≤ 2 after 6PM;
    no more than 3)
    Events,
    rallies
    ▪ All events must be reported in advance
    ▪ No rallies of 500 persons or more
    ▪ < 100 persons ▪ < 50 persons ▪ No rallies except for 1-person protests
    ▪ No events allowed
    Entertainment facilities, hold ‘em pubs, colatecs, etc. ▪ 1 person per 6m² of facility area (1 per 8m² for clubs)
    ▪ No restrictions on business hours
    ▪ 1 person per 8m² of facility area (1 per 10m² for clubs)
    ▪ Restrictions after 12AM
    ▪ 1 person per 8m² of facility area (1 per 10m² for clubs)
    ▪ Restrictions after 10PM
    ▪ 1 person per 8m² of facility area
    ▪ Restrictions after 10PM
    ▪ No gatherings in clubs, pick up bars, pubs, etc.
    Restaurants,
    cafes
    ▪ 1-m distance between tables, one space between seats/tables, or partitions between tables (+50m²)
    ▪ No restrictions on business hours ▪ Only take-outs and delivery after 12AM ▪ Only take-outs and delivery after 10PM ▪ Only take-outs and delivery after 10PM
    Karaoke
    rooms
    ▪ 1 person per 6m² of facility area
    ▪ No restrictions on business hours
    ▪ 1 person per 8m² of facility area
    ▪ Restrictions after 12AM
    ▪ 1 person per 8m² of facility area
    ▪ Restrictions after 10PM
    ▪ 1 person per 8m² of facility area
    ▪ Restrictions after 10PM
    Indoor
    sports
    facilities
    ▪ 1 person per 6m² of facility area
    ▪ No restrictions on business hours
    ▪ 1 person per 8m² of facility area
    ▪ No restrictions on business hours
    ▪ 1 person per 8m² of facility area
    ▪ No restrictions on business hours
    ▪ Swimming pools restricted after 10PM
    ▪ 1 person per 8m² of facility area
    ▪ Restrictions after 10PM
    Private
    academies
    ▪ Distance one seat or 1 person per 4m² of facility area
    ▪ No restrictions on business hours
    ▪ Distance one seat or 1 person per 6m² of facility area
    ▪ No restrictions on business hours
    ▪ Distance two seats or 1 person per 6m²
    ▪ No restrictions on business hours
    ▪ Distance two seats or 1 person per 6m²
    ▪ Restrictions after 10PM
    Reading rooms, study cafes ▪ Distance one seat (except if partitioned)
    ▪ No restrictions on business hours
    ▪ Distance one seat (except if partitioned)
    ▪ No restrictions on business hours
    ▪ Distance one seat (except if partitioned)
    ▪ No restrictions on business hours
    ▪ Distance one seat (except if partitioned)
    ▪ Restrictions after 10PM
    Movie
    theaters,
    performance
    halls
    ▪ No seat distancing
    ▪ No restrictions on business hours
    ▪ Distance one seat except for accompanying party
    ▪ No restrictions on business hours
    ▪ Distance one seat except for accompanying party
    ▪ No restrictions on business hours
    ▪ Distance one seat except for accompanying party
    ▪ Restrictions after 10PM
    ▪ Audience capacity shall not exceed 5,000 per show
    Wedding halls, funeral homes ▪ 1 person per 4m² ▪ < 100 persons &
    1 person per 4m²
    ▪ < 50 persons &
    1 person per 4m²
    ▪ Only immediate & extended family
    Internet cafes ▪ No seat distancing
    ▪ No restrictions on business hours
    ▪ Distance one seat (except if partitioned)
    ▪ No restrictions on business hours
    ▪ Distance one seat (except if partitioned)
    ▪ No restrictions on business hours
    ▪ Distance one seat (except if partitioned)
    ▪ Restrictions after 10PM
    Religious
    facilities
    ▪ 50% capacity
    ▪ Gathering, eating, and staying overnight discouraged
    ▪ 30% capacity ▪ 20% capacity ▪ Only contactless activities allowed
    ▪ No gathering, eating, or staying overnight

    * Fully vaccinated people are exempt from the number of gatherings.
    ※Source: Central Disaster Management Headquarters / Produced by Seoul in Your Hand

    Expansion of rules for basic disease prevention and control, and strengthened protocol for vulnerable facilities

    Compliance with the basic rules for disease prevention and control are mandatory, which must be complied with until the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. Special measures will be added to strengthen disease control and prevention in addition to the 10 mandatory rules (i.e. notifying visitors of COVID-19 protocol, checking visitors for symptoms, keeping a visitors’ log, wearing masks, washing hands, no eating (except some facilities), lowering density, ventilating at least 3 times a day, regular disinfection, and designation/operation of protocol managers).

    COVID-19 protocol will be reinforced for facilities vulnerable to infectious diseases.

    Vulnerable workplaces (i.e. high density, enclosed, or populated) should be naturally ventilated every 2 hours. All workers should wear industrial masks suitable for their work. In cafeterias, transparent partitions should be installed or dining tables should be arranged in a line or zigzags. Employees are to have different lunch breaks by department starting at level 2, and not talk while eating starting at level 3.

    In religious activities, the number of people are restricted to within 50% capacity (distancing one seat) at level 1, 30% at level 2, and 20% at level 3. All religious activities should be conducted in a contactless manner at level 4. Gatherings, events, meals, and staying overnight are prohibited in religious facilities starting at level 2. They may hold an outdoor event at levels 2 (not exceeding 100 persons) and 3 (not exceeding 50 persons). However, they must comply with the COVID-19 protocol, including no meals, no overnight stays and no singing out loud together.

    Preemptive PCR tests and continuous inspection and management are provided for long-stay hospitals and sanitariums. In correction facilities, rapid antigen tests are provided for new inmates. In addition, employees and cleaning staff should get a PCR test every two weeks.
    Persons who get COVID-19 after violating the rules for disease prevention and control will be excluded from receiving disaster relief assistance, such as stimulus checks. If mass infection occurs due to the violation of the rules, it is strongly recommended to exercise the right to indemnity against the violator aggressively. There will be zero tolerance to any business that violates the COVID-19 protocol. If a business violates the rules even once, an administrative order to ban gatherings for two weeks is issued to the violator, in addition to administrative fine. Businesses where group infection occurs are ruled out of compensation and disaster relief assistance.

    Source: Central Disaster Management Headquarters
    Inquiries: 120 Dasan Seoul Call Center (+82-2-120)