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Gov't to raise gathering limit to 10 for capital area under 'living with COVID-19' scheme

All News 09:11 October 29, 2021

SEOUL, Oct. 29 (Yonhap) -- The government said Friday it will raise the private gathering limit to 10 people for the greater Seoul area and scrap business curfews on all multi-use facilities, except nightlife establishments, for four weeks starting next week under a "living with COVID-19" scheme.

A "vaccine pass" system, which requires visitors to have a vaccination certificate or negative test result, will be also introduced with a grace period for entry into nightlife establishments, such as bars and nightclubs, and indoor sports facilities.

Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum announced the measures at a COVID-19 response meeting which discussed a final draft roadmap suggested by a government-private committee that aims to gradually bring people's lives back to normal.

The committee, which includes 30 experts from the private sector, earlier this week unveiled a draft roadmap for the country to gradually phase out coronavirus restrictions to help small business owners suffering from the pandemic and create sustainable virus measures as the nation's vaccination rate reached the initial target of 70 percent.

The first phase of the scheme will be enforced from Monday for four weeks.

This photo taken on Oct. 25, 2021, shows a crowded street in Hongdae, western Seoul. (Yonhap)

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