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From next month, restaurants, cafes, singing practice centers and entertainment facilities in the metropolitan area will be able to operate until midnight, and other facilities will be able to operate without time limit.
The Ministry of Health and Welfare, on the 10th, related to the ‘social distancing’ reform plan to be implemented from July, “In the second stage of the new distancing, restaurants, cafes, singing centers, and entertainment facilities have a ’24 hours’ (midnight) operation restriction, and the There are no restrictions on operating hours for other facilities.
The Ministry of Health and Welfare has decided to introduce sustainable distancing based on autonomy and responsibility as the public’s fatigue over business restrictions is increasing amid the prolonged novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19) crisis, and is currently preparing a reorganization plan.
The draft reorganization plan announced earlier contains content to reduce the distance from the current 5 steps (1 → 1.5 → 2 → 2.5 → 3) to steps 1 to 4 and minimize the business ban (prohibition of gatherings) in multi-use facilities.
The details of the restructuring plan are expected to be revealed later this month or as early as next week.
In the metropolitan area where the second stage of distancing is currently being applied, it is expected that the second stage will also be applied in the new system.
In the metropolitan area, restaurants, cafes, singing practice rooms, entertainment facilities, indoor standing performance halls, party rooms, indoor sports facilities, public baths, and visiting and public relations centers are closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. the next day in accordance with the current distancing guidelines.
However, the new system will allow business until midnight, which is expected to ease the business difficulties of the self-employed who have been hit by the COVID-19. There was no business hour limit in the original draft of the restructuring plan, but it is analyzed that it has been adjusted to ‘midnight’ as it is judged that the COVID-19 epidemic is still there.
In the case of non-metropolitan areas where step 1.5 is applied, all facilities except for the Visitor Promotion Center are currently operating without time limit.
The Ministry of Health and Welfare did not make a statement regarding the ban on private gatherings of more than five people.
However, it is predicted that it will be possible to gather up to 8 people, suggesting that the standard for private gatherings will change from 5 to 9 people.
At a briefing on the 6th, Sohn Young-rae, head of the social strategy division at the Central Accident Resolving Headquarters, said, “As the new distance system is reorganized from July, the principle will remain the same even if the standard for private gatherings is expanded to eight people.” No matter how the standard itself fluctuates, the standard is the same as it allows the group to exceed.”
According to the draft reform plan, in the case of the ban on private gatherings, there is no limit in the first stage, and in the second stage, gatherings of up to 8 people (prohibition of gatherings of more than 9 people), and in stages 3 and 4, gatherings of up to 4 people (prohibition of gatherings of more than 5 people) are allowed. However, in the fourth stage, the ‘ban on gatherings of more than three people’, which allows only two people to gather after 6 pm, is applied.
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