S. Korea releases new COVID-19 guidelines for churches
Updated: 2020-07-10 17:11:38 KST
To prevent further cluster infections, the South Korean government is imposing additional COVID-19 guidelines for churches.
"The spread of infection through large-scale worships has minimized through the active cooperation from churches. But recently, there have been cluster infections at among small church groups."
Starting this Friday, churches members will need to adhere to a new set of guidelines.
All events outside regular Sunday worships are prohibited, which means small gatherings like bible study and choir practice are not allowed.
Furthermore, during worship, churchgoes are prohibited from singing or praying too loudly.
The churches are prohibited from providing food including group meals within the community.
Once the church members arrive, they are required to log their information using a QR code system.
Also, the facilities are required to be disinfected before and after worships that have taken place.
Those who violate these new guidelines could face a fine of up to 25-hundred U.S. dollars.
To stem a rise of cluster infections and imported cases, health authorities are imposing a new set of standards for foreign visitors.
Starting next Monday, all foreign visitors from nations deemed to be high-risk will be asked to take Poly-mer-ase chain reaction tests at their country of departureand show proof that the results were negative upon arriving at the airport.
In the meantime, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday, South Korea saw 45 news cases including 22 local infections and 23 from overseas. This brings the total to 13-thousand three-hundred-38 with a death toll standing at 2-hundred-88.
Choi Won-jong, Arirang News