While the number of daily COVID-19 cases has reached the threshold for social distancing level 3, the government says tighter measures are not needed just yet.
Authorities also say that they do not see the country’s medical infrastructure failing nor are the current set of virus prevention measures.
Instead, the focus is on preventing the current situation from worsening.

“Currently, our efforts actually go beyond level 2.5, and we’re focusing more on other aspects such as creating more hospital beds and expanding medical infrastructure.”

To maximize the current measures and to prevent loopholes being exploited, authorities have implemented a new set of restrictions.
First, poker pubs will now have to close completely.
The venues are registered and operated as regular restaurants, so, in the past, they were able to remain open until 9 PM.
This comes following a cluster of around 20 cases last week from a number of these establishments.
Second, self-serve cafes will not be able to allow customers to eat or drink inside joining other coffee shops in being take-out and delivery only.
Because areas outside the capital region are at social distancing level 2, ski resorts were able to operate as normal.
But, as the result of a recent cluster infection in Pyeongchang, Gangwon-do Province, ski resorts outside the capital region will also have to close after 9 PM.
Meanwhile, authorities have also asked private businesses to help.
Companies are to refrain from group in-person training activities, and to shift to remote working or staggered working hours to minimize the number of employees being in one location.
In addition, the government has extended its travel advisory until January 16th.
The advisory has been in place since March and has been extended on a month-to-month basis with the global COVID-19 situation showing little sign of improving.
Kim Do-yeon, Arirang News.

Reporter : tkim@arirang.com


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