SEOUL, Feb. 16 (Yonhap) -- The unification ministry plans to discuss ways to resume tours to the inter-Korean border village of Panmumjom with the United Nations Command (UNC) amid eased social distancing rules, an official said Tuesday.
Tours to Panmunjom, or the Joint Security Area (JSA), were suspended in December amid the COVID-19 pandemic, just a month after the program resumed following a yearlong suspension over concerns about African swine fever.
"We plan to discuss with the UNC and other relevant ministries ways to resume the Panmunjom tours that resumed in November and were suspended in December," a unification ministry official said.
"We will let you know when we have the details about the resumption," he added.
Authorities on Monday lowered the social distancing to Level 2 -- the third highest in a five-tier system -- for the greater Seoul metropolitan area and Level 1.5 for other areas, effective for two weeks.
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