South Korea to lift outdoor mask requirement from next week

SEOUL, Sept. 23 (Yonhap) – The government has decided to lift all outdoor mask mandates from next week as the country is “clearly overcoming” a flare-up of COVID-19 cases, the prime minister said. said on Friday.

The decision, which goes into effect Monday, will remove the requirement for people attending outdoor gatherings, sporting events and concerts of 50 or more people to wear masks.

People not wearing masks at such large outdoor events are now subject to fines.

“We are clearly overcoming the decisive moment of the resurgence of COVID-19,” Prime Minister Han Duk-soo said at a government response meeting. “Going forward, the government will take feedback from experts and gradually ease low-risk virus measures.”

However, the indoor mask-wearing rule will remain in place for the time being due to the risk of seasonal flu and the possibility of a resurgence of infectious diseases, Han said.

In May, the government lifted the requirement to wear masks outdoors for individuals, but kept mask rules for large group gatherings outdoors, such as sporting and concert events and outdoor gatherings. South Korea to lift outdoor mask requirement from next week

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