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More fans allowed at baseball games as gov't plans to announce new distancing rules
Updated: 2021-06-16 14:49:11 KST
South Korea is slowly easing its social distancing measures and one significant change is at ball parks in the capital region.
The government has increased the allowed number of spectators in the stands for KBO matches and for more on this we have our Kim Do-yeon joining us live from Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul.
Do-yeon, how's it looking there?

Good evening Conn-young, I'm at Jamsil Baseball Stadium where a little less than an hour ago a KBO game between the Doosan Bears and Samsung Lions got underway.
Today, the stadium welcomed the most fans since the start of the current season as the capacity cap has been raised by the South Korean government from 10 percent to 30.
That means that around 72-hundred people are allowed in and today around XXXX have come to watch.
This is more than yesterday when the eased restrictions came into effect.
However people are still not allowed to eat or drink while in their seats nor are they allowed to cheer loudly.
Tickets are only available online in advance and fans must stay in their designated seats.
But, baseball fans here have been telling me that, even with the restrictions in place, it's still better than before.

"It's this guy's birthday, so I gave it a shot online to get a ticket and luckily because of the expansion to 30 percent, I got a seat."

"It is true that it's not as fun as before because we can't yell or cheer, but it has its own beauty."

Right Do-yeon, that's great.
Now, this is a step that the government is taking as the nation braces itself for a massive change in social distancing scheme.
What can you tell us about that?

That's right Conn-young the government says there will be a new social distancing scheme introduced revamped with a different level system.
Here's what Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum said earlier today.

"This Sunday, the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure Headquarters will announce the new distancing rules which will take effect from July. As we expect them to bring big changes to daily lives and prevention practices, we wish to give all citizens enough time to prepare."

As the Prime Minister mentions, there will be an easing-in period.
According to local reports, here is what's going to happen in July for three weeks before the new model takes full effect.
In the Seoul capital area, the maximum number of people for gatherings will be raised to six from the current four on-site services will be allowed until midnight and bars and clubs are only allowed to open until ten at night.
For the rest of the country during the same three-week period, the maximum number of people allowed for gatherings will be eight, but once the new scheme comes into effect it's expected that these restrictions will be lifted completely.
Again, at the moment this is just what's expected to happen.
An official announcement from the government will be made this Sunday, the 20th of June.
Back to you, Conn-young.
Reporter : tkim@arirang.com