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  • Reinforced COVID-19 Protocol in the Seoul Metropolitan Area—Vaccine Recipients Still Required to Wear Masks Indoors/Outdoors and No Drinking at Night in Public Parks

  • Welfare, Health & Security News SMG 2513

    The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) is reinforcing its COVID-19 protocol in light of the rise in the number of confirmed cases in the Seoul metropolitan area—vaccine recipients will still be required to wear masks indoors/outdoors, and violators will be subject to a fine of KRW 100,000.

    Mask regulations by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA): Masks are required to be worn by all participants—including vaccine recipients—of indoor/outdoor gatherings (e.g. events, assemblies, performances, outdoor amusement facilities, outdoor sports facilities, outdoor shopping centers); and violators will be subject to a fine (up to KRW 100,000 for violators, and up to KRW 300,000 for facilities, managers and operators).

    Moreover, a protocol monitoring team will be in operation for major high-risk multi-use facilities in the Seoul metropolitan area (e.g. private academies, learning centers, indoor sports facilities, religious facilities, karaoke rooms, bathhouses, entertainment facilities, restaurants, cafes) until disease control and prevention measures are stabilized. Monitoring will be prioritized to focus mainly on areas of Seoul where there have been many cases of confirmed cases recently, such as Gangnam-gu, Seocho-gu, and Songpa-gu.

    The SMG will at the same time enforce an administrative order prohibiting drinking alcohol at night from 10 PM to 5 AM the following day in 25 of Seoul’s public parks, including Hangang Park, Gyeongui Line Forest Park, Gil-dong Ecological Park and Seoul Forest, as well as Cheonggyecheon Stream, effective midnight on Jul. 6. The administrative order applies not only to Hangang Park visitors’ drinking alcohol, but also concessions’ selling of alcohol starting Jul. 5.

    Administrative Order of No Drinking at Night in
    Public Parks to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
    Administrative Order of No Drinking at Night in
    Hangang Parks to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

    With the enforcement of the administrative order, the SMG will crack down on park visitors not only drinking at night, but also not observing COVID-19 protocol, such as not wearing a mask. Hangang Park monitoring officers will first ask violators to comply, and uncooperative persons will be subject to a fine for non-compliance.

    The SMG will also expand COVID-19 tests to discover hidden infections. Temporary and on-site screening clinics will be additionally installed with extended operating hours in areas with a large floating population and high density (e.g. Jung-gu, Gangnam-gu, Songpa-gu).

    In addition, all workers of establishments, such as entertainment facilities, pubs, karaoke bars, schools and private academies, that cater to young patrons in their 20s and 30s will undergo general tests, and receive preemptive tests periodically thereafter.

    As new variants continue to arise in the course of the pandemic, the SMG plans to continuously reinforce its COVID-19 protocol, such as monitoring the domestic spread and blocking international arrivals.