Nightclubs Reopen for Belated Halloween Parties

  • By Yang Ji-ho, Hwang Ji-yoon

    November 09, 2020 11:32

    Major nightclubs in Seoul beat an order to close over the Halloween weekend by simply having their parties a week later and were rewarded with roaring business.

    One nightclub in Itaewon was packed with 300-400 revelers at 1 a.m. on Nov. 7 for a late Halloween party. At around the same time, another nightclub in Sinsa-dong in southern Seoul, decorated with skeletons, was also packed with more than 200 people.

    One 20-year-old man outside the Sinsa-dong club said, "Nightclubs were closed on Halloween weekend, so I came here to have some fun tonight instead." Face masks, distancing and other quarantine rules went out the window as most guests wore their masks on the chin if at all. Staff did not try to enforce the restrictions.

    People wait for a table outside a restaurant in Seoul on Sunday.

    According to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on Sunday, no coronavirus infections have so far been traced to Halloween parties. But a KDC official said, "We are seeing sporadic cases of infections being detected as social gatherings have become more frequent now social distancing has been eased."

    The number of new infections returned to triple digits with 143 as of Sunday morning after just a day below 100, and increased by another 126 as of Monday morning to a total of 27,553.

    Meanwhile, according to Worldometers, the cumulative number of COVID-19 patients around the world surpassed 50 million as of 11 p.m. on Nov. 7, only 20 days since it surpassed 40 million.

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