Commuters Who Fail to Wear Masks on Public Transport to Be Fined

  • By Bae Jun-yong

    October 05, 2020 12:31

    People caught without face masks or wearing them improperly on public transportation will face fine of up to W100,000 starting Nov. 13 (US$1=W1,169).

    Mask refuseniks in hospitals, bars and other high-risk facilities will face the same penalty.

    The government said officials will initially only remind citizens to abide by face-mask regulations, but those who fail to comply will be fined.

    People wear masks at a bus station in Seoul on Monday. /Yonhap

    Children under 14, the mentally disabled and patients with conditions like asthma that make it difficult for them to wear masks will be exempt.

    A government spokesman added that the rules will be flexibly applied in swimming pools, public bath houses and other venues where they are practically impossible to enforce.

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