Gov't Mulls Gradual Easing of Gathering Ban

  • By Kim Sung-mo

    June 16, 2021 12:59

    The government wants to ease the ban on gatherings in the Seoul metropolitan area gradually rather than lifting it completely.

    The plan now is to allow up to six people to gather until around July 25, by which time hopefully enough people will have been vaccinated to lift the ban completely. In the provinces, up to eight people will be allowed to gather.

    A woman gets vaccinated in Gwangju on Tuesday, the first day of inoculations for teachers, healthcare workers and other public workers under 30. /Yonhap

    Bars in the capital area will be allowed to open until 10 p.m., but karaoke bars, coffee shops and restaurants can remain open until midnight instead of having to close at 10 p.m., while gyms will be no longer subject to restrictions.

    A government official said, "The easing of lockdown will be decided after monitoring the number of infections by the end of this month."

    Meanwhile, the cumulative number of people who had at least their first dose of coronavirus vaccines increased to a better-than-expected 13 million on Tuesday.

    But the daily tally of new infections soared to over 500 again with 545 cases as of Wednesday morning, after four days below 400.

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