Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum speaks during a COVID-19 response meeting in Seoul on March 11, 2022. (Yonhap)
Eating inside cinemas, indoor gymnasiums and religious facilities will be allowed from next week, Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum said on Friday, following the government’s lifting of social distancing restrictions more early this week.
Eating on trains and express buses will also be allowed as the government has further eased COVID-19 restrictions as part of efforts to return to normal life.
“The average daily number of virus cases is down about 40% from a week ago, while the downward trend continues in severe cases and deaths,” Kim said in a statement. COVID-19 response meeting. “But removing restrictions doesn’t mean the risk of infection is gone.”
South Korea on Monday lifted most COVID-19-related restrictions, including the cap on gatherings and curfews during working hours, except for the mask mandate.
Regarding concerns over the easing of social distancing, Kim said the government would decide on its response measures after discussions with health authorities and relevant groups.
Kim also confirmed that the COVID-19 infectious disease level will be lowered by one notch to the second-highest level in the four-tier system from Monday, allowing patients to receive treatment at local clinics and hospitals. as an endemic disease.
The Prime Minister also called on older people to be actively involved in receiving a fourth vaccine. (Yonhap)