South Korea released enhanced social distancing measures


  • Social distancing measures will take effect from 18 December 2021. The key features of the measures are as follows:
    • Gathering size will be up to 4 people regardless of vaccination status.
    • Vaccine pass is required for every member of any private gathering to enter restaurants and cafes.
    • All public-use facilities nationwide will have to close at 21:00 or 22:00;
      • Group 1 (entertainment facilities, etc.) and Group 2 (restaurants, cafes, singing centers, bathhouses, indoor sports facilities) facilities to close by 21:00.
      • Group 3 and some other facilities (movie theaters/performance halls, arcades, multi-rooms, casinos, PC rooms, academies, massage rooms, party rooms) to close by 22:00.
    • Events and assemblies can include up to 50 people regardless of vaccination status, and up to 299 people if all participants are fully vaccinated.
    • Events with more than 300 people (limited to non-regular concerts, sports competitions, and festivals) are prohibited in principle.
    • The vaccine pass will now apply to events with over 50 people related to official duties and essential business activities such as shareholders’ meetings and broadcast production, and also exhibitions, expositions, and international conferences.
    • In the case of weddings, either the general event rule or the previous rule (49 people + 201 fully vaccinated = total 250 people) can be selected and applied.
    • Only 30% of the maximum capacity will be allowed to attend regular religious services, with the cap at 299 people, regardless of vaccination status. For people who are fully vaccinated, up to 70% may be allowed.
    • Small religious gatherings are subject to the restriction of up to 4 people regardless of region, and can only be held inside the religious facility.
    • The density of all schools in the Seoul metropolitan area and overcrowded schools in other areas are adjusted to 2/3, but with flexibility allowed for each region and school in consideration of local situations.
    • Businesses are encouraged to reduce density in workplaces.