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Omicron pushes South Korea to expand use of vaccine passports

Unvaccinated people will be mostly banned from using restaurants and cafes

Customers eat outside a restaurant in Namdaemun Market in Seoul on November 2. People will need proof of vaccination to dine out in South Korea from next week.   © AFP/Jiji

SEOUL -- Record daily COVID case numbers and fears over the omicron variant have pushed South Korea to make it compulsory for people to show proof of vaccination to enter a wider range of public locations.

Health Minister Kwon Deok-cheol said Friday that unvaccinated people will be banned from entering places such as restaurants, cafes, libraries, cinemas, performance halls and museums for four weeks from Monday. The government will allow exceptions for unvaccinated people to go to restaurants and cafes only when they are alone or the only unvaccinated person in a group.

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