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Elevation of Social Distancing to Level 2 for the Seoul Metropolitan Area

Date 2020-12-03 Category Against COVID-19 Updater scaadmin
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Seoul Metropolitan Government
Date
2020-11-25
Last Update
2020-12-03

Elevation of Social Distancing to Level 2

Social distancing level will elevate from level 1.5 to 2, effective midnight on Tue, Nov. 24. The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) is declaring an “emergency pause period for 10 million citizens” starting from tomorrow until the end of the year and implementing Seoul-style precision disease control and prevention for 10 types of facilities in Seoul.

This aims to lower the risk of infection by analyzing the disease transmission routes in the 10 types of facilities that had the most infection cases and adding appropriate measures for disease control and prevention accordingly.

Elevation of Social Distancing to Level 2 for the Seoul Metropolitan Area
Category Level 1.5 (Current) Level 2 (Additional Measures)
Bath facilities

 

▶ Mask-wearing, keeping visitor logs, ventilation and disinfection, etc.
▶ Maximum of 1 user per 4 m2

 

▶ No eating (water and non-alcoholic beverages allowed)
▶ Maximum of 1 user per 8 m2 (post capacity notice at the entrance)

< Reinforced Measures in Seoul >

▶ No operations of saunas in bathhouses
▶ 1-meter distancing guide marked in public toiletry area
▶ Post “No talking” notice in body-scrubbing area
▶ Assignment of every other locker in changing rooms

Indoor sports facilities ▶ Mask-wearing, keeping visitor logs, ventilation and disinfection, etc.
▶ Maximum of 1 user per 4 m2 (post capacity notice at the entrance)
▶ No eating

 

▶ Suspension of operation after 9 PM

< Reinforced Measures in Seoul >

▶ Suspension of operations of shower rooms (swimming pools excluded)
▶ No gathering in dance halls
▶ Limitation of users (2-meter distancing between users)
▶ Monitoring of mask-wearing by a designated person and keeping visitor logs

Religious facilities and activities ▶ Mask-wearing, keeping visitor logs, ventilation and disinfection, etc.
▶ Participation in regular worship, mass, Buddhist and Cheondogyo ceremonies allowed for 30% of capacity
▶ No meetings and meal services
▶ Participation in regular worship, mass, Buddhist and Cheondogyo ceremonies allowed for 20% of capacity

< Reinforced Measures in Seoul >

▶ Remote worship, mass, Buddhist and Cheondogyo ceremonies strongly recommended
▶ No using of shared materials (Bibles, hymns, etc.)
▶ Limited number of users to 50% of capacity per floor and all spaces divided with doors, etc. (post capacity notice in each room)
▶ Praying aloud and singing discouraged

Restaurants and cafes ▶ Mask-wearing, keeping visitor logs, ventilation and disinfection, etc.
▶ Facilities of 50 m2 or larger in size, comply with one of the following measures: ① Distance of 2 meters (at least 1 meter) between tables; ② Empty seats/tables between seats/tables; ③ Install partitions between tables
▶ Additional measure for buffet restaurants:
– Use hand sanitizer or plastic gloves before and after using buffet tongs, plates, and utensils
– Keep a distance between users in line for food
▶ Cafes: Take-out and delivery only; Restaurants: Take-out and delivery only past 9 PM

< Reinforced Measures in Seoul >

▶ Keep 2-meter distancing (at least 1 meter) between users when making orders or waiting
▶ Post “No talking while eating” notice
▶ Install partitions on counters or keep a distance of at least 1 meter between counters and customers (floor marking)
▶ Place hand sanitizers at the entrance, on tables, etc.

Workplace
(e.g. call centers, logistics centers)
▶ Mask-wearing, keeping visitor logs, ventilation and disinfection, etc.
▶ Remote work for an adequate percentage of employees (e.g. 33%)
▶ Call centers and logistics centers: mask-wearing, keeping distance between or each other or installation of partitions, mandatory ventilation and disinfection
▶ Remote work for an adequate percentage of employees (e.g. 33%) in public organizations
▶ Assign different lunch times and apply flexible working arrangement
▶ Gatherings and eating out discouraged
▶ No gatherings and events with more than 100 users
▶ Mask-wearing at all times indoors

< Reinforced Measures in Seoul >

(Call centers)
▶ Lower working capacity under 50% and remote working recommended
▶ Take preemptive COVID-19 testing when a worker shows symptoms 2 times or more a day or when 2-3 or more patients are confirmed
▶ Close common areas and restrict eating in groups; Limit face-to-face training
(Logistics center)
▶ Implement the responsibility of the head office for disease control and prevention of workers (including day laborers)
▶ No using of shared materials, such as vests, gloves, etc.
▶ Establish a system for full-body disinfection or disinfection equivalent to a full-body disinfection for all facility entrants
▶ Reinforce disinfection of vehicles entering the premises and apply drive-thru systems to minimize contact
▶ Non-contact operations for loading/unloading, sorting, and delivery (minimize contact)

Door-to-door sales and direct sales promotion halls

 

▶ Mask-wearing, keeping visitor logs, ventilation and disinfection, etc.
▶ Maximum of 1 user per 4 m2
▶ No singing and serving food
▶ Close operations after 9 PM
▶ Maximum of 1 user per 8 m2 (post capacity notice at the entrance)

< Reinforced Measures in Seoul >

▶ Maximum of 1 user per 8 m2 (up to 10 users)
▶ Designate personnel for disinfection operations
– Preemptive testing when an employee or user of the facility has high body temperature
– Cooperate with follow-up measures and epidemiologic investigation when a patient is confirmed
▶ No providing and consuming any type of food including snacks and coffee; no singing and chanting
▶ Gatherings to end within 20 minutes

Karaoke rooms

 

▶ Mask-wearing, keeping visitor logs, ventilation and disinfection, etc.
▶ Used rooms to be immediately disinfected; to be used after 30 minutes
▶ Maximum of 1 user per 4 m2 (post capacity notice at the entrance)
▶ No eating

 

▶ Suspension of operation after 9 PM

 

< Reinforced Measures in Seoul >
▶ Maximum of 1 user per 4 m2 per room
(post capacity notice at the room entrance)
▶ Mandatory body temperature check of users

Internet cafes (i.e. PC bangs) ▶ Mask-wearing, keeping visitor logs, ventilation and disinfection, etc.
▶ Keeping an empty seat between parties
▶ No eating (eating in individual spaces divided with partitions is acceptable; water and non-alcoholic beverages allowed)
▶ Keeping an empty seat between parties (When eating in individual spaces divided with partitions excluded)
< Reinforced Measures in Seoul >
▶ Partitions must be high enough to block droplets (e.g. seated eye level)
▶ Used tables, headsets, mouses, and keyboards to be immediately disinfected for the next user
▶ Maximum of 2 users in a smoking area
(post capacity notice at the entrance and inside the smoking area)
Private academies (excluding study rooms)

 

▶ Mask-wearing, keeping visitor logs, ventilation and disinfection, etc.
▶ Maximum of 1 user per 4 m2 or keeping an empty seat between two seats
▶ No eating (water and non-alcoholic beverages allowed; private academies that operate more than 80 hours of class a month are exceptionally allowed if measures for restaurants are complied with)
▶ Comply with one of the following measures:
① Maximum of 1 user per 8 m2 or keeping two empty seats between two seats; ② Maximum of 1 user per 4 m2 or keeping one empty seat between seats and suspend operations after 9 PM

< Reinforced Measures in Seoul >

(Private academies)
▶ Common areas (study rooms, etc.) in private academies limited to 50% of user capacity
(Job training centers)
▶ Post capacity notice in each classroom
▶ Comply with one of the following measures:
① Maximum of 1 user per 8 m2 in a classroom or keeping a distance of at least 2 meters between two seats; ② Maximum of 1 user per 4 m2 or keeping one empty seat between seats and suspend operations after 9 PM

Social welfare facilities (e.g. sanatoriums, day care centers)

 

▶ Mask-wearing, keeping visitor logs, ventilation and disinfection, etc.
▶ Operation with reinforced disease control and prevention; non-contact and non-active programs of less than ten users and minimization of density by controlling the number of users
▶ Exceptional access for volunteer workers and visitors allowed
▶ Limited permission of non-contact meetings, going out, and temporary leaving of facility
▶ Limited number of users in the whole facility to 50% of capacity; reinforced disinfection and operation of non-contact and non-active programs for small groups (5 to 10 users)
▶ Restricted access for volunteer workers and visitors

 

< Reinforced Measures in Seoul >

▶ Suspension of operation of restaurants for public citizens (provide alternate meal)
▶ Restrict meetings, going out, and temporary leaving of facility
▶ Restriction of programs by invited teachers in daycare centers
▶ Reinforced disinfection measures to be managed by personnel of facility

Other Strengthened Measures for Level 2 Social Distancing
Other multi-use facilities

Oth

er Strengthened Measures for Level 2 Social Distancing

Category Level 1.5 (Current) Level 2 (Additional Measures)
5 types of entertainment facilities (clubs, pick-up bars, etc.) ▶ Mask-wearing, keeping visitor logs, ventilation and disinfection, etc.
▶ Maximum of 1 user per 4 m2
▶ No dancing and moving between tables
▶ No gatherings
Indoor standing performance halls ▶ Mask-wearing, keeping visitor logs, ventilation and disinfection, etc.
▶ Maximum of 1 user per 4 m2
▶ No eating
▶ Suspension of operation after 9 PM
▶ Seats to be arranged (no standing), 1-meter distance between seats
Wedding halls ▶ Mask-wearing, keeping visitor logs, ventilation and disinfection, etc.
▶ Maximum of 1 user per 4 m2
▶ Maximum of 100 users per wedding hall
Funeral halls ▶ Mask-wearing, keeping visitor logs, ventilation and disinfection, etc.
▶ Maximum of 1 user per 4 m2 and 60 users per funeral service room
▶ Maximum of 1 user per 4 m2 and 100 users per funeral hall

< Reinforced Measures in Seoul >

▶ Maximum of 1 user per 4 m2
– 40 users per funeral service room

Movie theaters ▶ Mask-wearing, keeping visitor logs, ventilation and disinfection, etc.
▶ Keeping an empty seat between parties
▶ No eating (water and non-alcoholic beverages allowed)
▶ Keep an empty seat between two seats

< Reinforced Measures in Seoul >

▶ Distancing when moving around the ticket box, snack bar, and waiting area (use floor markers to indicate moving directions to customers)
▶ Distinguish entrance and exits

Performance halls ▶ Mask-wearing, keeping visitor logs, ventilation and disinfection, etc.
▶ Keeping an empty seat between parties
▶ No eating (water and non-alcoholic beverages allowed)
▶ Keep an empty seat between two seats
Arcades and multi rooms ▶ Mask-wearing, keeping visitor logs, ventilation and disinfection, etc.
▶ Maximum of 1 user per 4 m2
▶ No eating (water and non-alcoholic beverages allowed)
▶ Maximum of 1 user per 8 m2 (post capacity notice at the entrance)

< Reinforced Measures in Seoul >

▶ Used rooms to be immediately disinfected
▶ Maximum of 2 users in a smoking area
※Post capacity notice at the entrance and inside the smoking area

Study rooms and cafes ▶ Mask-wearing, keeping visitor logs, ventilation and disinfection, etc.
▶ Keeping an empty seat between parties
▶ Limited number of users in a group room to 50% of capacity
▶ No eating (eating in individual spaces divided with partitions is acceptable; water and non-alcoholic beverages allowed)
▶ Keep an empty seat between two seats (not applicable if seats have partitions)
▶ Limit the number of users in a group room to 50% of capacity and suspend operations after 9 PM
Amusement and water parks ▶ Mask-wearing, keeping visitor logs, ventilation and disinfection, etc.
▶ Limited number of users to 50% of capacity
▶ Limited number of users to 33% of capacity
Barber shops and beauty salons ▶ Mask-wearing, keeping visitor logs, ventilation and disinfection, etc.
▶ Maximum of 1 user per 4 m2 or keeping an empty seat between two seats
▶ Maximum of 1 user per 8 m2 or keeping two empty seats between two seats

< Reinforced Measures in Seoul >

▶ Apply a reservation system
▶ No offering beverages to clients

Stores, markets, and department stores ▶ Mask-wearing, ventilation and disinfection, etc. Applies the same

< Reinforced Measures in Seoul >

▶ Management of workers suspected with COVID-19
– Check body temperature, immediately send home workers with respiratory symptoms and fever, etc.
▶ Post reminders to wash hands and place hand sanitizers
▶ Events and operation of food/drink tasting booths discouraged
– (For operations) Ensure trash that may have droplets are not contacted with other users
▶ Operation of cultural centers and children play facilities discouraged
– (For operations) Maximum of 1 user per 4 m2

National/public facilities ▶ Mask-wearing, keeping visitor logs, ventilation and disinfection, etc.
▶ Velodromes, racecourses etc.: number of users limited to 20%
▶ Other facilities: number of users limited to 50%
▶ Suspended operations of velodromes, regattas, racecourses, and casinos; Limited number of users to 30% or less for other facilities

< Reinforced Measures in Seoul >

(Adolescent facilities)
▶ Limited number of users to 30% of capacity
▶ Swimming pools and fitness clubs: Disinfection measures decided upon consideration of infection risks
– Limitation of 1 user per 4 m2 and less than 25% of full capacity
– Apply reservation system; shortened class hours (60 mins→40 mins)
– Assign every other locker; use personal towel and toiletries
– No using of shower rooms in fitness clubs (excluding swimming pools)
(Public indoor sports facilities)
▶ No using of shower rooms (excluding swimming pools)

Daily & socio-economic activities

Daily & socio-economic activities
Category Level 1.5 (Current) Level 2 (Additional Measures)
Mandatory mask-wearing ▶ Facilities for concentrated and regular control, public transport, medical institutions and pharmacies, sanatoriums, day/night care centers, public assemblies and demonstrations, indoor/outdoor sports stadiums, high-risk businesses, and religious facilities ▶ Mandatory in all indoor facilities, outdoor public assemblies and demonstrations, and sports stadium; administrative fine to be imposed for violations
Meetings and events ▶ Companies with more than 500 employees must report and discuss with local government; mandatory disease control measures
▶ Limited number of visitors to 100 individuals for public assemblies, festivals, large-scale concerts, and academic forums
▶ Restrict gatherings of 100 people or more; gatherings of less than 100 people must comply with key measures for disease control
– Exceptionally accepted when required for public service or critical business activities
– For examinations, accepted only for less than 100 people distanced with partitions
▶ Exhibitions and international conferences: Limitation of 1 user per 4 m2, limitation of less than 100 people not applied

< Reinforced Measures in Seoul >

▶ No gatherings of more than 10 people in all areas of Seoul
▶ For gatherings of 9 people or less, 7 key disease control measures to be followed
▶ Gatherings in city centers strictly restricted

Sporting events Limited number of the audience to 30% of the stadium capacity ▶ Limited number of the audience to 10% of the stadium capacity
Public transport ▶ Mandatory mask-wearing ▶ No eating in public transport, including bus and train

< Reinforced Measures in Seoul >

▶ Reduced bus and subway operations by 20% after 10 PM (subway operations to be applied after the preparatory period)

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