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  • Regulations for Level 2 Social Distancing

  • Welfare, Health & Security News SMG 1225

    1M social distancing

    □ Adjustment of social distancing levels

    ○ Period: Mon, Feb. 15 – Sun, Feb. 28, 2021 (for two weeks)

    ○ Adjustment: Level 2 for metropolitan area & Level 1.5 for non-metropolitan area

    – Limited hours of operation for six types of businesses (i.e. restaurants, cafes) in the metropolitan area eased from 9 PM to 10 PM

    ※ Restaurants/cafes (no eating), indoor sports facilities, karaoke rooms, visiting sales, party rooms, indoor standing performance halls

    ○ (Nationwide 10 PM curfew for entertainment facilities) Nationwide limited hours of operation for entertainment facilities set to 10 PM

    ※ Must observe key disease control and prevention measures during operation to minimize risk

    < Key disease control and prevention measures >

    • Observance of hours of operation and limited capacity (max. 4 persons allowed per room)

    • Observance of requirements while singing (installation of acrylic boards, one person singing at one time, etc.)

    • No dancing at clubs, night clubs, etc. (operation of dance halls/dance floors prohibited)

    • No moving from table to table and room to room at pick-up bars, entertainment bars, etc.

    • Mandatory use of electronic visitors’ logs (including owners of entertainment facilities)

    < Adjustments >

    Adjustments
    Category Metropolitan area (level 2) Non-metropolitan area (level 1.5)
    Movie theaters, PC bangs (Internet cafes), arcades, private academies, study rooms, amusement parks, barber shops, beauty salons, supermarkets Limited operations lifted Limited operations lifted
    Restaurants/cafes (no eating), indoor sports facilities, karaoke rooms, door-to-door sales, party rooms, indoor standing performance halls Limited hours of operation (10 PM) Limited operations lifted ※Limited hours of operation for door-to-door sales (10 PM)
    Six types of entertainment facilities (i.e. entertainment bars, karaoke bars, clubs, colatecs, pick-up bars, hold’em pubs) Limited hours of operation (10 PM) Limited hours of operation (10 PM)
    Limited capacity for events (e.g. weddings, funerals) Less than 100 Less than 500 (notice and consultation with local government required for +500 attendance)
    Religious activities Gatherings of 20% of attendees permitted for regular services ※No post-service gatherings, meals, lodging Gatherings of 30% of attendees permitted for regular services ※No post-service gatherings, meals, lodging

    ○ (Continued ban on private gatherings) Private gatherings of 5 or more persons will continue to be prohibited for optimal results of the adjusted social distancing level for eased disease control and prevention measures and to prevent spreading among individuals

    – However, an exception will be made for direct families and sports facilities with a facility manager (E.g. Games permitted at indoor and outdoor futsal/soccer/baseball fields, etc.)

    ○ Adjustment of special measures at level 2.5

    – Continued ban on operations of saunas and public bath facilities in the metropolitan area having been applied to the metropolitan area starting December 1 in consideration of mass infections at saunas despite it being a level 3 regulation due to continued outbreaks of mass infections at bath facilities (24 cases since October)

    – Continued ban on excess number of guests at lodging facilities to prevent gatherings, parties, and celebrations of eased distancing level

    – Sales of only window seats on trains and reservations to accommodate two-thirds of accommodations at lodging facilities lifted in consideration of the end of Seollal