People wearing masks to protect against COVID-19 walk along Gwangan Beach Road in Busan. (Photo: Yonhap News)
Busan Metropolitan City has begun easing local antivirus curbs amid a slowdown in new cases of COVID-19 in the area.
The local government announced on Sunday that it would lower its social distancing rules to Level 2 from Level 2.5 for one week from Monday through Sunday.
But the ban on private gatherings of five or more people will remain in place.
Under the eased distancing scheme, operating restrictions on cram schools, movie theaters, PC rooms, department stores and large discount supermarkets will be lifted.
Saunas can also reopen.
Fan will be allowed back in the stands for professional sporting events, but seating will still be capped at 10 percent capacity.
The city is expected to announce further distancing guidelines for February, including special measures for the Lunar New Year holiday.
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