S.Korea to ease rules for vaccinated people

South Korea's government has announced that people who have received their first dose of coronavirus vaccine will no longer be required to wear masks outdoors in principle from July.

The government announced easing of restrictions on Wednesday.

The changes include lifting a ban on family gatherings for people who received their first shot at least two weeks earlier, starting June. Such gatherings are currently allowed for up to eight people.

Those who have received a second shot at least two weeks earlier are expected to be exempt from restrictions on gathering at facilities such as restaurants and wedding halls from July.
South Korea began its inoculation program in February using the AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines.

The government says about 3.9 million people, or 7.7 percent of the population, had received at least one shot by Tuesday, while some appear reluctant to get vaccinated.

At a meeting on coronavirus response on Wednesday, Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum expressed hope that more people notice the effects of vaccination.