With the end of social distancing campaign on 5 May 2020, a more relaxed scheme, ‘‘Distancing in daily life’’ was introduced
With the end of social distancing campaign on 5 May 2020, a more relaxed scheme, ‘‘Distancing in daily life’’ was introduced.
the government announced the new measure, ‘‘Distancing in daily life’’, which allows people to conduct social and economic activities by adhering to Basic Guidelines for Distancing in daily life. There are five basic rules within the Guidelines, including social distancing, washing hands for 30 seconds, keep indoor spaces ventilated, stay home for 3-4 days if you get sick, and stay psychologically close to family and friends during this critical period.
Under the loosened guidelines, South Korea will gradually reopen schools and public facilities, and allow events and gatherings to take place. In addition, the government also reminded people that the switch of measure is yet the end of the outbreak, the country will return to the stricter social distancing measures if the situation worsens.
Updates on the social distancing campaign (scheduled to end on 5 May 2020)
Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure Headquarters announced that in addition to those public outdoor facilities that were approved to resume operation, the government plans to prepare measures for other facilities to operate and the measures will be prepared based on risk assessment.
Government released and emphasised the policy direction and plan for social distancing from 20 April to 5 May 2020, including the reopening of facilities with relatively low risk, advice to refrain from non-essential gatherings, and compliance of guidelines published for facilities which has resumed operation. In addition, the government will also prepare a quarantine guidelines for the transition to “social distancing in daily life” for the public to apply in their daily lives.
Following the end of Enhanced Social Distancing campaign on 19 April, a slightly relaxed form of social distancing campaign will be continued until 5 May 2020
On 20 April, the Korea Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (KCDC) has extended the social distancing policy for another 15 days with some flexibilities offered to the daily activities.
  • The relatively lower-risk facilities such as national parks, recreation forests, may gradually reopen in phases with the implementation of infection prevention/control policy measures. However, for high-risk facilities (nightlife entertainment venues, fitness/sports venues, religious facilities) are still recommended to refrain from operation.
  • People are still recommended to refrain from non-essential gatherings or events. For people who cannot avoid visiting crowded venues, they should keep at least 2 meters of social distancing from the others, and keep good practice of personal hygiene (wearing facemask, washing hands, using hand sanitizers) to prevent COVID-19. In addition, for people who have suspected COVID-19 symptoms should be tested at the screening center.
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