Busan Extends Level 2 Social Distancing Until September 20th

The city of Busan is extending level two social distancing for another two weeks until the 20th.

Acting Mayor Byeon Seong-wan made an announcement at a briefing Friday afternoon and decided to provide 1 million won to about 6600 places categorized under 12 types of high-risk facilities and 500,000 won to 816 public bath facilities.

The city also issued an administrative order that prohibits gatherings of an unspecified number of people for investment briefings and related gatherings, following a large number of cases traced to such meetings at officetel apartments.

If violations to this measure are found, the city plans to report them to the prosecution and file indemnity claims on treatment and testing expenses.

To increase voluntary reporting, it has also significantly increased rewards for resident reports from 100,000 won to 1 million won.

Enhanced Distancing Rules (Level 2) in the Busan Area

Period: Monday, August 31 ~ Sunday, September 20, 2020

Assemblies/Gatherings/Events: Ban on assemblies/gatherings/events of 50 or more indoors and 100 or more outdoors

Sporting Events: Switch to non-spectator games

Publicly Used Facilities


— Operations suspended at indoor national/public facilities


— Operations suspended at *12 types of high-risk facilities (excluding distribution and logistics centers) *Bars including night clubs and room salons, colatech (Korean-style cabaret), karaoke bars, pubs, hunting pocha, singing rooms, indoor standing performance halls, indoor gyms for intense group exercise (GX), direct sales (e.g., door-to-door sales) promotion centers, large-scale (300 or more people) hagwons (private educational institutes), buffet restaurants and PC cafes.

Local governments may add additional facility types.

— Some of the high-risk *publicly used facilities (11 types), including wedding halls and movie theaters, are required to comply with infection prevention and control measures (ban on gatherings).

— Hagwons, arcades, general restaurants bigger than specified criteria (e.g. 150㎡ or bigger), water parks, religious facilities, indoor wedding halls, concert halls, movie theaters, indoor sports facilities, multi-rooms/DVD rooms, funeral halls

Administrative order banning gatherings at bathhouses and saunas (Aug. 29 ~ Sep. 6)

— Local governments may add additional facility types.

— Social welfare facilities are recommended to close down.

1781 daycare centers in Busan are ordered to close. (Aug. 31 ~ Sep. 6)

— Maintain essential services, such as emergency childcare services.


— (Aug. 24 ~ Sep. 24) The number of students in attendance should be lowered to one-third of the overall student population.

— For high schools, it is set at two-thirds of the overall student population.

Religious facilities

All churches in Busan are permitted to provide only non-face-to-face services and all religious facilities are prohibited to hold any kind of face-to-face meetings and events, as well as group meals.



— Limit the number of employees at the workplace by adopting flexible work schedules and working from home. (Keep two-thirds of the total number of employees at the workplace at the same time.)


— The recommendation is to limit the number of employees at the workplace to the same level as public institutions.


The seven public beaches, which had been originally scheduled to remain open until August 31st, have closed down earlier on August 21 00:00. Millak Waterfront Park has been closed since August 21 00:00.

Public Guidance for Level 2 Social Distancing

Do not go to work if feeling sick

— Call KCDC call center by dialing 1339 or contact a local public health center or screening clinic

Postpone or cancel non-essential outings, social gatherings, events, or travel

– Essential travel includes receiving medical care, buying necessities, or going to work

– At restaurants or cafes, order takeout rather than dining in

– Home training is recommended in place of going to gyms

– For social activities, utilize PCs or smartphones to conduct online meetings

– Use online shopping rather than physical stores

If going out, wear a mask and follow the infection prevention guidelines

– Do not visit crowded, confined, and close-contact places with poor ventilation

– Wear a mask indoors as well as outdoors whenever 2m distancing can’t be maintained

– Maintain physical distance from other people (2m recommended, 1m minimum)

– No droplet-producing activities, such as shouting, singing out loud or chanting

– No physical contact with others, such as handshakes or hugs

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