Seoul to Stay Locked Down for Now

  • By Yang Seung-joo

    November 30, 2020 14:02

    The current lockdown will be maintained in the capital region, with high-risk facilities like saunas and gyms being shut for a week from Tuesday. Hotels and entertainment facilities will be banned from hosting Christmas and New Year parties.

    The rules were announced Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun on Sunday.

    The average daily number of coronavirus infections was 416 over the past week, and some anxious experts recommended an even tougher lockdown. But the government decided more or less to maintain the current level with the addition of the handful of extra measures.

    People wait in line to get tested for coronavirus at a makeshift facility in Seoul on Sunday.

    Gyms can let customers exercise on a treadmill or weights, but strenuous group exercises like aerobics and kickboxing are banned. Brass and wind instrument lessons and vocal training, which involves a lot of flying spittle, is banned at private crammers and community facilities but not for high school seniors who are preparing for their university entrance exam in the field.

    Health authorities "strongly urged" people to cancel private gatherings of more than 10 people in the capital region.

    The government concluded that even tougher measures would be too damaging to the fragile economy.

    Meanwhile, Korea reported 438 news cases as of Monday morning, below 500 for the second day in a row.

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