[Notice] Korea adopts new 5-tier social distancing system

Health officials with the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure Headquarters and the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) have announced a more finely tuned set of social distancing guidelines, ones that better reflect public health conditions on the ground.

From Nov. 7, the current 3-tier system will be replaced by 5 levels of social distancing. 

Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said on Nov. 1, “The decision seeks to compensate for the drawbacks caused by the excessively wide gaps in quarantine measures by level.”

Level 1 is “the stage of everyday preventive measures” and signifies “a controllable level of transmission” where people can go about their daily lives if they follow mask wearing and social distancing protocols.

Level 1.5 and Level 2 are deemed “the stage of regional spread” and thus the opening and use of certain facilities is restricted. 

At Level 1.5, churches and restaurants are required to limit occupant numbers and events of 100 people or more may be subject to restrictions.

At Level 2, there can be no events with over 100 people. Restaurants must shut their dining rooms at 9 p.m., though takeout is allowed. Nightclubs and bars with dance areas are closed. Nonessential outdoor gatherings are discouraged.

The higher threat levels of 2.5 and 3 are marked as “the stage of national spread”.  

At Level 2.5, conditions require that the government urge the public to remain at home. Events involving 50 people or more are banned and singing rooms are shuttered. Other public facilities with a social component (wedding halls, funeral halls, movie theaters, hair salons, public saunas, amusement parks, restaurants and coffee shops) are closed after 9 p.m.

If conditions deteriorate further and there are more than 800 new COVID-19 cases per day nationwide, Level 3 kicks in. The nation is placed on lockdown and any events involving 10 people or more are prohibited. Those public facilities at Level 2.5 which closed after 9 p.m. are shuttered. 

Notes on COVID-19 precautions in Jeju

Public spaces are subject to mandatory mask use and temperature checks. Fines of up to 100,000 won are in effect for non-compliance and apply to islanders and tourists alike. Please help us keep Jeju Island safe for everyone. Thank you!

• For all your Jeju travel and safety information: www.visitjeju.net

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