October 12, 2020 13:12
Social distancing rules have been eased since Monday morning. Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun on Sunday said the government made the decision since there has been no dramatic spike in coronavirus infections since the Chuseok holiday.
That means restrictions on the number of people who may gather indoors have been lifted above 50. And stadiums for professional baseball and soccer events are now allowed to accept audiences at up to 30 percent capacity.
Churches in the capital region can resume offline services provided their seating capacity is limited to less than 30 percent.
The government tightened social distancing rules across the country on Aug. 23. Chung said the decision to ease them took "many people's fatigue with prolonged social distancing and the measures' negative effect on the economy" into account.
Kindergartens and schools can gradually raise numbers in attendance starting from next week.
Meanwhile, Korea reported 97 new cases as of Monday morning, bringing to the cumulative total to 24,703.
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