• Tougher COVID-19 Rules Take Effect To Curb New Cases, Variants
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South Korea has begun reimposing tougher COVID-19 restrictions in an effort to blunt a surge in infections compounded by the growing threat posed by more contagious virus variants.

The special antivirus curbs that took effect Monday will be enforced over the next four weeks, imposing a six-person cap on private gatherings in Seoul, Incheon and the surrounding Gyeonggi Province.

For non-capital areas, a maximum of eight people can gather.

Expanding on the vaccine pass system that initially focused on high-risk multiuse facilities such as gyms and pubs, all individuals must now show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test for entry to restaurants, cafes, movie theaters and other public places.

According to the government, a one-week grace period will be allowed before vaccine pass violations are met with fines, starting December 13.

In line with the changes, the vaccine pass system will also apply to children aged 12 and up from February of next year.

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