South Korea relaxes COVID-19 restrictions on concerts and sports games
South Korea began easing restrictions on major concerts and sporting events on Monday after announcing last week that it would loosen a series of coronavirus restrictions as the country continues its vaccination campaign.
Up to 4,000 people will be allowed to attend K-Pop concerts and other cultural performances from Monday, up from a capacity limit of less than 100 people since the end of last year, according to the measurements. announced Friday by health officials.
Sports stadiums will be able to operate at a capacity of 30 to 50% depending on the neighborhood, against 10% previously.
As South Korea has battled small clusters of coronavirus infections in recent months, the number of daily infections hit a two-month low on Sunday as the government continued its vaccination campaign.
The government has also said it will ease some quarantine restrictions for fully vaccinated foreign visitors.
From July 1, some of these travelers may request exemptions from the mandatory two-week quarantine in South Korea if they are visiting family or traveling for business, academic or interest. public, health authorities said on Sunday. Read more
As the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine gains momentum, many countries are planning a gradual return to normal, opening up borders and allowing people to return to restaurants, shops and sports venues after more than one year of intermittent shutdowns. Read more
South Korean travel agencies were also preparing new travel packages after the government announced last week to speed up talks to secure “travel bubbles” with a few countries, including Singapore and Thailand, said to Reuters the Korean Association of Travel Agents.
South Korea has given a first dose to more than 11.8 million people, or 23% of the country’s population, said Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) director Jeong Eun. -kyeong, during a briefing.
That’s lower than the vaccination rate seen in many advanced countries, such as 61% in the UK, but above 12% in Japan, according to a Reuters tally from local and state government sources. Japan started vaccinating its population in February like South Korea.
Although there has been a significant drop in the number of new cases in nursing homes as many elderly people have received vaccines, South Korea will not see a large-scale reduction in the number of local transmissions until September. , when more than 70% have been vaccinated, Jeong said.
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