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  • Level 2 Social Distancing in the Seoul Capital Area for Three More Weeks Until Jul 04

  • Welfare, Health & Security News SMG 11339

    Level 2 Social Distancing in the Seoul Capital Area
    Effective from midnight on Mon, Jun 14 until midnight on Sun, Jul 04, 2021 (for three weeks)
    – Level 2 social distancing is maintained in the Seoul capital area starting midnight, Jun 14 until midnight, Jul 04.
    – A new social distancing system can be implemented starting in July if vaccinations are carried out without any problem and the pandemic is held in check.
    – (Private gatherings) Decree forbidding private gatherings of 5 or more persons is maintained. ☞ (Details)

    ■ Specific measures particular to each social distancing level

    ■ Specific measures particular to each social distancing level
    Classification Level 2.5 Current Level 2
    (Seoul capital area)
    Level 2
    6 types of entertainment facilities*
    * Entertainment bars, karaoke bars, atmospheric pubs, colatecs (including dance halls), pickup bars, card game pubs (hold’em pubs)
    No gatherings Limited hours (10 PM) No gatherings
    Karaoke rooms, indoor standing concert halls, indoor sports facilities, direct sales promotional establishments (e.g. door-to-door sales) No gatherings Limited hours (10 PM) Limited hours (9 PM)
    Restaurants/cafes (no eating), party rooms Limited hours (9 PM) Limited hours (10 PM) Limited hours (9 PM)
    Movie theaters, PC rooms,
    video arcades, academies, study rooms, amusement parks, barber shops/hair salons, supermarkets
    Limited hours (9 PM) No limited hours No limited hours
    Visitor capacity Fewer than 50 persons Fewer than 100 persons Fewer than 100 persons
    Religious activities Contactless;
    limited to 20 participants
    * No gatherings, eating or lodging
    Regular worship
    limited to 20% capacity
    * No gatherings, eating or lodging
    Regular worship
    limited to 20% capacity
    * No gatherings, eating or lodging

    ■ Disease control and prevention measures in the Seoul capital area (Jun 14–Jul 04, 2021)

    ※ Red refers to measures taken independent of level 2 social distancing

    ① Gatherings and events

    ① Gatherings and events
    Private gatherings

    ▸ No private gatherings of 5 or more persons

    * Exceptions: Immediate family; family that share living quarters; children, elderly, or people with disabilities requiring care; family gathering with the expected death of a member; meeting between the families of bride and bridegroom; toddlers younger than 6. Up to 8 persons are permitted for exceptions including immediate family, fiancé/fiancée family members, and toddlers; first-birthday party businesses

    – No reservations or group visits of 5 or more persons in restaurants and other multi-use facilities

    Other gatherings or events ▸ No gathering of 100 or more persons in weddings, funerals and anniversaries
    * Excluding official businesses or essential business activities of industries, testing must be conducted for less than 100 persons in separated settings
    ▸ As for exhibitions, fairs and international conferences, limited capacity of 1 person per 4 m2; 100-person rule not applicable

    ② Multi-use facilities (Major and general management facilities, etc.)

    ② Multi-use facilities (Major and general management facilities, etc.)
    Common regulations ▸ Masks, visitors’ log, ventilation/disinfection (stores/marts/department stores do not require visitors’ log)
    5 types of entertainment facilities,

    hold’em pubs, colatecs

    ▸ No gatherings

    Direct sales promotional establishments (e.g. door-to-door sales)

    ▸ Must close from 10 PM to 5 AM

    ▸ No singing or eating (water/non-alcoholic beverages permitted)
    ▸ Limited to 1 person per 8 m2 of the facility area
    * Distancing of 2 meters (at least 1 meter) within the facility

    Karaoke rooms

    ▸ Must close from 10 PM to 5 AM

    ▸ No eating (water/non-alcoholic beverages permitted)
    ▸ Limited to 1 person per 4 m2 of the facility area; rooms used by guests must be disinfected immediately and used again after 30 minutes (keep visitors’ log)

    * Distancing of 2 meters (at least 1 meter) within the facility
    ▸ Same measures as those for karaoke rooms are applied to coin singing rooms if a quarantine manager is present; however, if it is not available to keep the 1 person per 4 m2 principle, only one person can use one room

    Indoor standing concert halls

    ▸ Must close from 10 PM to 5 AM
    ▸ No eating (water/non-alcoholic beverages permitted)

    ▸ Only seated audience allowed (no standing) with 2 meters (at least 1 meter) distance between seats

    Restaurants, cafes (incl. unmanned cafes)

    ▸ When two or more people have ordered only coffee/drinks or simple desserts they may stay in the establishment for only 1 hour (strongly advised)
    ▸ Only delivery and take-out are allowed for restaurants and cafes from 10 PM to 5 AM next day

    ▸ Use only 50% of the seating space in the establishment by staggering tables or chairs, but if this cannot be performed, then:
    ① 1-m distance must be kept between tables; ② or partitions/screens must be installed between tables (facilities with an area of 50 m2 or more)
    ▸ For buffets, users must use hand disinfectant before or after using common tongs, plates, eating utensils, etc. or use plastic gloves and people waiting in line must maintain distance from each other

    Party rooms

    ▸ Must close from 10 PM to 5 AM
    ▸ Capacity restrictions and maximum capacity must be displayed (1 person for 8 m2 in each room)
    * Post capacity notice at the entrance of every room
    ▸ 1 meter distance must be kept between tables, or partitions/screens must be installed between tables or tables/seats must be staggered (facilities with a reported/approved area of +50 m2)

    Indoor sports facilities
    (incl. indoor winter-sport facilities)

    ▸ Must close from 10 PM to 5 AM

    ▸ No eating (water/non-alcoholic beverages permitted)
    ▸ Limited to 1 person per 4 m2 of the facility area
    * Distancing of 2 meters (at least 1 meter) within the facility

    Academies, schools (excl. study rooms), vocational training centers ▸ No eating (water/non-alcoholic beverages permitted)
    ▸ ① Limited capacity of 1 person per 8 m2 of facility area or allowing seating in one of every 3 seats, ② limited capacity of 1 person per 4 m2 of facility area or skipping every other seat and closing facility after 10 PM
    * Distancing of 2 meters (at least 1 meter) within the facility
    Wedding halls ▸ Limited capacity to 100 persons per wedding hall
    Funeral halls ▸ Limited capacity to 100 persons per funeral hall (※ 40 persons for Seoul)
    Baths ▸ Must close after 10 PM
    ▸ No talking in rooms where the wearing of masks is difficult
    ▸ Distancing of 2 meters (at least 1 meter) in steam rooms/saunas
    ▸ Post capacity notice at the entrance of steam rooms/saunas
    ▸ Keep every other space in shower room and cabinet lockers empty
    ▸ Must wear masks if not in the baths themselves, or in steam rooms/saunas
    ▸ Sauna/dry sauna operational restrictions lifted
    Movie theaters ▸ No eating (water/non-alcoholic beverages permitted)
    ▸ Distancing one seat or distancing one seat between non-companions
    Performance halls ▸ No eating (water/non-alcoholic beverages permitted)
    ▸ Distancing one seat or distancing one seat between non-companions
    Internet cafes ▸ Distancing one seat (except for seats with screens/partitions)
    ▸ No eating (except for individual consumption between screens/partitions; water/non-alcoholic beverages permitted)
    Arcades, multi rooms, etc. ▸ No eating (water/non-alcoholic beverages permitted)
    ▸ Limited capacity of 1 person per 8 m2 of facility area
    Study rooms/cafes ▸ No eating (except for individual consumption between screens/partitions; water/non-alcoholic beverages permitted)
    ▸ Distancing one seat (except for seats with screens/partitions)
    ▸ Group rooms must only be 50% capacity; must close from 10 PM to 5 AM
    Amusement parks, water parks ▸ Must operate with 1/3 of total capacity
    Barber shops, hair salons ▸ Limited to 1 person per 8 m2 of the facility area or leave 2 seats empty
    Department stores, supermarkets

    ▸ Fever checks or inspection of symptoms
    ▸ No samples/tastings
    ▸ No guest lounges/rest areas (e.g. rooms, chairs)

    ▸ Must wear masks
    ▸ Regular ventilation/disinfection

    General merchandising stores (+300 m2) ▸ Must wear masks
    ▸ Regular ventilation/disinfection

    ③ Other multi-use facilities

    ③ Other multi-use facilities
    Lodging facilities

    ▸ No room may accommodate beyond maximum capacity
    ▸ No rooms for parties (event rooms, etc.) allowed
    ▸ No parties and events organized by accommodations are allowed; prohibition of parties hosted by individuals is recommended
    ▸ Strict limitation of the number of guests per room; posting a brochure that says any guest who holds a party will be forced to leave the room

    National facilities ▸ Closed operations for velodromes, racetracks, and regattas
    ▸ Casinos are limited to 20% of maximum capacity (2 locations in Seoul)
    ▸ Other facilities (sports facilities, etc.) are limited to 30% of maximum capacity
    Social welfare facilities ▸ Disinfection reinforced by limiting the number of users to 50% of maximum capacity (up to 100); closed if necessary according to the risk of each region

    ④ Daily and socioeconomic activities

    ④ Daily and socioeconomic activities
    Mandatory mask use ▸ Mandatory mask wearing if one can’t keep 2-meter distance from other people indoors or outdoors, violation will lead to fines
    Use of transport facilities ▸ Residents of the Seoul capital area are strongly recommended not to visit other areas through business trips or travels
    ▸ Mask wearing, no eating in vehicles (excluding international flights)
    Sports viewing ▸ Less than 10% of maximum capacity allowed to enter
    School attendance ▸ Concentration rate must be 1/3 of total capacity
    Religious activities

    ▸ Participation of 20% or less of maximum capacity for regular worship ceremony, Mass, Buddhist ceremony, or ceremony of Cheondogyo

    ▸No meetings or food servings organized by religious facilities
    *In particular, no meetings and events except for the regular religious activities in prayer centers, training centers, and missionary centers

    Workplace ▸ Advised for each institution and department to have 1/3 or more of personnel working from home, etc., utilize staggered lunch times, etc. actively, and refrain from gatherings/get-togethers
    * Excluding institutions (or personnel) that work for public order, national defense, diplomacy, fire fighting, mailing service, disinfection, broadcasting, industrial safety, COVID-19 related work, etc. or institutions (or personnel) dealing with information requiring security (e.g. personal data)
    – High-risk business establishments that are enclosed or have a high concentration of workers, and cannot switch to working from home (e.g. call centers, logistics centers) should comply with mandatory disease control and prevention regulations (i.e. mandatory mask use, regular disinfection, social distancing between workers, or installation of partitions)
    – Employees working in business establishments shall try to commute and take lunch breaks at different time slots
    ▸ Advised for private companies to have 1/3 or more workers work from home (excluding the number of essential workers to work in the office) and utilize staggered lunch times
    * Excluding institutions (or personnel) that work for public order, national defense, diplomacy, fire fighting, mailing service, disinfection, broadcasting, industrial safety, COVID-19-related work, etc. or institutions (or personnel) dealing with information requiring security (e.g. personal data); the number of essential workers to work in the office for private companies and institutions should be decided through a labor-management accords considering the characteristics or the companies or institutions