Museums, Libraries in Seoul Reopen

  • By Bae Jun-yong

    July 20, 2020 10:51

    Museums, galleries and public libraries in the Seoul metropolitan area reopen this week. They had been in lockdown since May 29 amid the coronavirus epidemic.

    Health authorities made the decision Sunday because there have been only 11 new COVID-19 cases on average per day in the capital area over the past week.

    But most visitors need to book in advance. Admission to 10 major public facilities, including the National Museum of Korea, the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, and the National Library of Korea, is limited to 30 percent of their maximum capacity. Ten percent is set aside for spontaneous visitors.

    People watch a folk performance from their cars at Gyeongbok Palace in Seoul on July 11, amid the coronavirus lockdown. /Yonhap

    Another eight can be booked to 50 percent of their capacity like the National Theater of Korea and the Seoul Arts Center. Up to 1,000 people a day can visit the National Palace Museum of Korea, royal tombs and palaces when they reopen.

    No decision has been made for sports venues.

    Health Minister Park Neung-hoo said the ban on small gatherings, group events, and supply of meals at evangelical churches that was imposed on July 10 could also be eased soon.

    "Infections originating from religious gatherings have decreased significantly over the last two weeks," he said.

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