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  • One-week extension of reinforced level 2 social distancing(9.7~9.13)

  • SMG 16742

    Reinforced Level 2 Social Distancing Prevention

    Citywide: One-week extension (Sep. 7–13) [Nationwide: Two-week extension (Sep. 7–20)]
    ※ Effective as of 12 AM on Mon, Sep. 7

    Detailed measures:
    1) Expanded scope of cafes: [Previously] Franchise cafes (e.g. coffee/beverage) → [Modified] Franchise cafes (e.g. coffee/beverage) + franchise bakeries, ice cream parlors (including bingsu)
    ※ Only takeout and delivery from 9 PM to 5 AM following day

    2) No-visit facility added: Vocational institutes

    As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases gradually increases as of late, nationwide social distancing practices at level 2 will be implemented starting Sun, Aug. 23 to prevent further spread.

    [Raised Social Distancing to Level 2 Nationwide] • Gatherings, meetings, and events prohibited (50 or more individuals indoors; 100 or more individuals outdoors) in the Seoul metropolitan area
    • Sporting events to be held without audience/crowd
    • Shutdown of 12 high-risk facilities (except for logistics center), including entertainment bars, in the Seoul metropolitan area / Compliance with rules (limiting gatherings) for disease prevention and control ordered to 13 high-risk facilities
    • Compliance with rules (limiting gatherings) for disease prevention and control ordered to some high-risk multi-use facilities (12 types), such as wedding halls and movie theaters
    • Only contactless (online) church service is permitted and only regular service for other religions in the Seoul metropolitan area / Only regular services allowed for all religions in other regions
    • Closing recommended for social welfare facilities and daycare centers (maintaining essential services such as emergency care)
    • Shutdown of national public facilities (indoor) in the Seoul metropolitan area / Limited number of users to less than 50% for other regions
    • Remote classes recommended to be operated in cities, counties and districts where collective infections continue to be generated (in other areas, schools should decrease the density of students to a third of normal size)
    • (Public institutions) Limiting the number of employees working in the office through flexible working hours and working from home / (Private institutions) Recommended to limit the number of employees working in the office similar to the level of public institutions

    • (Basic directions) Prohibition of unnecessary or non-essential gatherings and meetings, and of accessing multi-use facilities; minimal contact between individuals
    • (Applicable) Nationwide
    • (Period) Citywide: One-week extension (Sep. 7–13) / [Nationwide: Two-week extension (Sep. 7–20)

    [Multi-use Facilities] • (High-risk facilities) 12 types (except for logistics center) / Compliance with rules (limiting gatherings) for disease prevention and control ordered to 13 high-risk facilities and other facilities in other regions
    • (Multi-use facilities that are not high-risk facilities) Compliance with rules (limiting gatherings) for disease prevention and control ordered to some high-risk multi-use facilities (12 types), such as wedding hall, movie theater and bathhouse

    <12 high-risk facilities>
    ▴ Entertainment bars, including clubs and hostess bars, ▴ colatecs, ▴ karaoke bars, ▴ pick-up bars, ▴ lounge bars, ▴ karaoke rooms, ▴ indoor standing performance halls, ▴ indoor group exercise gyms (intensive GX classes), ▴ direct sales promotion halls (e.g. door-to-door sales), ▴ large-scale private educational institutes (with more than 300 students), ▴ buffets, ▴ Internet cafes (PC bangs)

    [12 multi-use facilities that are not high-risk facilities> [compliance with rules for disease prevention and control] ▴ Private educational institutes, ▴ amusement arcades, ▴ restaurant larger than certain scale (i.e. larger than 150 m2), ▴ water parks, ▴ religious facilities, ▴ performance halls, ▴ indoor wedding halls, ▴ movie theaters, ▴ bathhouses and saunas, ▴ indoor sports facilities, ▴ multi rooms and DVD rooms, ▴ funeral halls

    <Facilities enforced to comply with rules for disease prevention and control>
    ▴ Private educational institutes, ▴ amusement arcades, ▴ restaurant larger than certain scale (i.e. larger than 150 m2), ▴ water parks, ▴ religious facilities, ▴ performance halls, ▴ indoor wedding halls, ▴ movie theaters, ▴ bathhouses and saunas, ▴ indoor sports facilities, ▴ multi rooms & DVD rooms, ▴ funeral halls

    <“One strike, you’re out” for 12 types of +50,000 multi-use facilities in Seoul; immediate ban upon violation>
    The Seoul Metropolitan Government and district offices will jointly conduct site inspections and order a two-week ban on gathering when there is any violation.
    Violators may be subject to immediate prosecution and be fined KRW 3 million or less considering factors such as the seriousness of violation and capacity for improvement. Indemnification may be ordered if confirmed cases arise.

    <Key Rules for Disease Prevention and Control>

    Key Rules for Disease Prevention and Control
    Business Owners & Managers Visitors & Users
    ▸ Keep a visitors’ log
    – Install and use a digital attendance checking system or place a guest book for handwriting. (If the visitor/user checks in using the guest book, he or she should write down his or her name and phone number and show their ID; their personal data shall be destroyed after four weeks.)

    ▸ Business owners and managers shall wear face masks.
    * Except when eating and doing activities in the water.

    ▸ Maintain control of users to keep a distance of 2 meters (at least 1 meter) apart.

    ▸ Scan the QR code on the digital attendance checking system or check in using the guest book.
    (Write down one’s own name and phone number correctly in the guest book and show ID.)

    ▸ Wear a face mask.
    * Except when eating and doing activities in the water.

    ▸ Keep a distance of 2 meters (at least 1 meter) apart.

    • (Religious facilities) Only contactless (online) church service is permitted and only regular service for other religions in the Seoul metropolitan area / Only regular services allowed for all religions in other regions

    [National public facilities, etc.] • (National public facilities) Shutdown of national public facilities (indoor) in the Seoul metropolitan area / Limited number of users to less than 50% for other regions
    • (Social welfare facilities) Shutdown is recommended for social welfare facilities, including social welfare centers; except for in cases of maintaining essential services, such as emergency care

    [Gatherings, meetings and events] • All gatherings, meetings and events prohibited (50 or more individuals indoors; 100 or more individuals outdoors) / Gatherings, meetings and events are recommended to be cancelled (50 or more individuals indoors; 100 or more individuals outdoors) for other regions
    • Assemblies of +10 persons prohibited citywide (outdoor assemblies and demonstrations)

    < Examples of gatherings, meetings and events >
    ▴Examinations (employment, certification, etc.), ▴exhibitions, ▴expos, ▴briefing sessions, ▴public hearings, ▴symposiums, ▴ceremonies, ▴weddings, ▴alumni reunions, ▴social meetings, ▴excursions, etc. (excluding essential economic activities, such as corporate general meeting of stakeholders)

    [Sporting events] • Professional sports events (baseball, soccer, golf, etc.) and other national sports events to be held without audience/crowd

    [Schools] • Remote classes to be operated in cities, counties and districts where collective infections continue to be generated. In other areas, schools should decrease the density of students to a third of normal size.

    [Institutions & enterprises] • Public institutions to limit the number of employees working in the office (e.g. half of all employees) through flexible working hours, working from home, staggered hours, and different lunchtimes. Private enterprises are recommended to limit the number of employees working in the office to the level of public institutions (Ministry of Employment and Labor; Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy; Ministry of SMEs and Startups, etc.).

    [Recommended refraining of movement] • Seoul and Gyeonggi-do residents are advised to refrain from traveling to other cities or provinces to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

    [Guidelines for general citizens] (1) Do not go outside, to work, or to school when you feel sick, have a fever or show respiratory symptoms (e.g. coughing, sore throat, muscle pain, etc.)
    (2) Postpone or cancel unnecessary outings, gatherings, dining, events and trips, except for visiting medical institutions, shopping for daily necessities, and commuting
    (Dining) Use food delivery services rather than dining at restaurants/cafes
    * Events and gatherings that involve dining outside should be postponed or canceled as it has been reported that many people have been infected while eating out
    (Exercising) Exercise at home rather than going to the gym
    (Gathering with friends/colleagues) Meet online (via PC/mobile) rather than meeting in person
    (Shopping) Shop online rather than visiting in person
    (3) Comply with rules for disease prevention and control, such as wearing a mask when going outside. Do not go to places that are barely ventilated, crowded, and hard to avoid contact with other people.
    (Wearing a mask) Be sure to wear a mask even while indoors. Wear a mask outdoors when it is hard to keep a distance of 2 meters with other people.
    * Refrain from partaking in activities that require taking off your mask (eating, singing, cheering, etc.)
    (Social distancing) Keep a distance of 2 meters (at least 1 meter) between individuals
    Refrain from producing droplets (shouting, singing aloud, cheering, etc.) and touching each other (handshaking, hugging, etc.)