July 13, 2020 13:34
All visitors to Busan's Haeundae Beach must wear a face mask or face a fine up to W3 million from July 20.
The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries said Sunday, "We have seen many visitors, especially foreigners, who didn't wear masks, so we're starting a pilot period for a week until July 20 to encourage them to wear a mask. Visitors who fail to wear a mask on the beach will be fined up to W3 million (US$1=W1,202)."
Haeundae is the first of some 252 beaches in Korea to levy fines for not wearing a mask. The beach sees an average of 150,000 visitors a day in peak season.
"You don't need to wear a mask while swimming or relaxing under a parasol," a Haeundae district official said. "But if you refuse to wear one when ordered to by the police you can face prosecution under the law."
Another nearby beach, Songjeong, will only offer guidance as there have been few violations so far.
A ministry official said, "We will discuss whether we need to extend the measures to other beaches in consultation with regional governments on Tuesday."
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