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Toughest Social Distancing Measures Take Effect in Capital Area

#Hot Issues of the Week l 2021-07-18

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ⓒYONHAP News

South Korea began enforcing the toughest Level Four social distancing measures in the greater metro area on Monday amid a new wave of COVID-19 infections.

Seoul, nearby Gyeonggi Province and Incheon are under Level Four in the four-tier scheme until July 25.

Private gatherings of up to four people are allowed until 6 p.m., after which only two people are allowed. There are no exemptions, even for gatherings of immediate family members, except for those who cohabitate.

Public events and demonstrations are banned in the capital area, while up to 49 people consisting of only immediate family members and relatives are allowed to attend weddings and funerals.

Nighttime entertainment facilities, including clubs and bars, must shut down for the two-week period, while restaurants and coffee shops will be allowed to operate until 10 p.m.

Sport games cannot host spectators, while accommodations are allowed a capacity of two-thirds and banned from hosting any parties and events.

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