South Korea will lift the indoor mask requirement from January 30
South Korea is one of the countries where it is still mandatory to wear a mask indoors to counter the Covid-19.
The government finally decided to lift this obligation at the end of the month.
So that means that as of Jan. 30, wearing face masks indoors will no longer be mandatory in Korea — a decision that comes three years after the mandate was introduced.
Prime Minister Han Duk-soo said at a government meeting on Friday that face masks will no longer be mandatory except for some high-risk places, including hospitals, pharmacies and public transport.
“COVID-19 cases have been declining for three consecutive weeks and the situation in Korea has remained stable,” he said, adding that he believed the country was ready to move on.
Jee Young-mee, commissioner of the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency, said:
“If you have been in close contact with a COVID-19 patient or someone with COVID-19-like symptoms, you should exercise caution and wear a mask around others. Anytime you are with someone who is at high risk of severe COVID-19, you should wear a mask. »
She added: “In crowded or poorly ventilated places, it is strongly recommended that you wear a mask for your own safety and that of those at risk. »
Jee said the end of the semester would start on Jan. 30, after Seollal’s long Saturday-Tuesday weekend vacation. The upcoming Seollal is the second major national holiday after September’s Chuseok without social distancing rules.
Reminder for travelers to Korea:
- Before January 30th: Mask requirement indoors
- After January 30: Obligation lifted EXCEPT to lhospitall, into pharmacy or in public transport
Since masks were lifted outdoors, many Koreans continue to wear them every day. Therefore, we expect that the lifting of the mask requirement indoors will change little.