South Koreans who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will no longer be required to wear masks outdoors, the government announced on Wednesday.
In a COVID response meeting, Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum said people who have received at least one dose will also be able to get together in large gatherings from June. Quarantine measures will be revisited in October, he added.
The country is trying to encourage older residents in particular to get vaccinated, as it aims to inoculate at least 70% of its 52 million population by September — a large jump from the current 7.7% who have gotten at least one jab.
More than 60% of people aged between 60 and 74 have signed up for a vaccine appointment.