The Ministry of Health and Welfare published a list of documents to help the public and enterprises get through the COVID-19 pandemic, including reducing the rent of public property, exemption on the delay for the submission of business reports, etc. (http://ncov.mohw.go.kr/supportPolicyBoardList.do) (http://ncov.mohw.go.kr/duBoardList.do?brdId=2&brdGubun=25#) (http://ncov.mohw.go.kr/duBoardList.do?brdId=2&brdGubun=26).
The Ministry of Health and Welfare also published a COVID-19 Workplace Response Guideline. Among others, the employer shall take measures in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, including establish a department or appoint a person in charge of maintenance and continuity at the workplace, and establish a COVID-19 preparation and response plan (http://ncov.mohw.go.kr/upload/viewer/skin/doc.html?fn=1586153850809_20200406151731.hwp&rs=/upload/viewer/result/202004/).
South Korea has imposed social distancing and provided Guidances for different facilities, including entertainment facilities, religious facilities, indoor physical education faciliites, etc. (http://ncov.mohw.go.kr/duBoardList.do?brdId=2&brdGubun=27). To cope with the social distancing order, the employers shall take measures such as telecommuting, flexible working, and commuting/lunch time adjustment. In addition, the employer shall ensure that the workplace is ventilated twice a day. Non-essential business trips shall be avoided.
Starting from March 19, 2020, all citizens and foreigners entering South Korea must measure their body temperature in accordance with special entry procedures and prepare a special quarantine report and health status documents. For those who are eligible for special entry, the contact information and place of residence in South Korea must be verified. They will be required to install a ‘mobile self-diagnosis app’ to confirm the possibility of infection during the period staying in South Korea (http://ncov.mohw.go.kr/baroView2.do).
Starting from April 1, 2020, all Korean citizens and long-stay foreigners shall install the Self-Quarantine Safety Protection App, and comply with the self-quarantine requirements to conduct a self-diagnosis for a period of 14 days (http://ncov.mohw.go.kr/shBoardView.do?brdId=2&brdGubun=23&ncvContSeq=1677).
Employers should continue to check with relevant authorities for the latest information:
– Ministry of Health and Welfare (Website)