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S. Korea eases distancing rules for cafes and other facilities Updated: 2021-01-18 03:53:23 KST

South Korea is keeping the distancing level in Seoul where it is for another two weeks at the second-highest tier, two.five.
Other parts of the country will stay at level two.
The ban on gatherings of more than four people will also remain in place.
And the same for events like weddings and funerals, where there can be no more than 50 people in the capital area and 100 people elsewhere.
But starting Monday, people can eat and drink at coffee shops again as the restrictions are eased on cafes, gyms and certain other businesses.

Since December, cafes have only been allowed to offer takeout and delivery regardless of time of day, but under the new rules, they'll be allowed to have customers in the store until 9 PM, like restaurants.
But customers will have to wear masks at all times except when they're eating or drinking.
Those who refuse to wear a mask will be fined a hundred thousand won or about 90 U.S. dollars.
People are advised not to stay in the cafe longer than an hour if they're in a group having only drinks and desserts.
Business can also resume at gyms, singing rooms, cram schools and concert halls, but they have to limit capacity so that there's not more than one person per eight square meters.
They have to close at 9 PM, and there is still a ban on group exercise classes like aerobics and Zumba.
Churches and temples can now hold services in person, but only at ten percent of capacity in the capital area and 20 percent in other parts of the country.
Eum Ji-young, Arirang News.
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