How to Stay Safe over Chuseok

      September 29, 2020 09:01

      The government has urged people not to travel to their ancestral hometowns over Chuseok or Korean Thanksgiving to prevent a surge of coronavirus infections.

      But for those who still want to travel during the nation's biggest holiday, which falls between Wednesday and Oct. 4, some handy hints are indispensable.

      While the safest bet is to stay at home, people should avoid travel when the biggest crowds are expected.

      When visiting crowed places over Chuseok like malls, cemeteries or memorial halls, maintain an adequate distance while waiting in line. People should spend no more than five minutes paying their respects in front of ancestral graves while avoiding public toilets.

      A banner urging people not to travel over Chuseok hangs in the street in Cheongyang, South Chungcheong Province on Sept. 16. /Yonhap

      Sharing meals with large groups should also be avoided.

      Chuseok presents that have been handled by many people should be disinfected before opening, and relatives should avoid shaking hands or embracing when they greet each other. If a meal with the extended family is unavoidable, split up into smaller tables with separate bowls.

      The government advised people not to visit their families over Chuseok to prevent another surge of coronavirus, and even encouraged them to hire professionals to mow the grass on their ancestral graves.

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