The Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters says special antivirus restrictions will be introduced during the Lunar New Year holiday to prevent COVID-19 spread.
From January 29 to February 2, eating and drinking will once again be banned at rest stops across the country and only takeout will be allowed.
Temporary COVID-19 screening centers will also be set up at major rest stops and transportation hubs to ensure public access to testing.
To discourage travel, expressway toll fees will not be waived and cemeteries will be closed to the public.
Similar measures were implemented for extended holiday weekends during the past two years of the pandemic.
The Lunar New Year is one of the major traditional holidays when millions of people usually head to their hometowns for family gatherings and ancestral rites.
The government said people should stay home if possible and avoid visiting elderly family members who are at greater risk of infection, especially if they are not fully vaccinated or have not received a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot.
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