Fines for Mask Refuseniks Start

  • By Heo Sang-woo

    November 13, 2020 13:10

    From Friday anyone refusing to wear a mask properly in public facilities face a fine of up to W100,000 (US$1=W1,115).

    Operators of facilities who fail to remind customers to abide by mask regulations could be fined up to W3 million. The mask must fully cover nose and mouth.

    The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said Thursday that the one-month grace period has now ended and fines will be enforced.

    A staffer places a notice of face mask regulations on the window of a coffee shop in Gwangju on Thursday. /Newsis

    Masks are mandatory in public places such as restaurants, coffee shops, and on public transportation, as well as workplaces such as call centers and logistics warehouses.

    The regulation also applies to rallies and events with more than 500 people, but not if a distance of at least 2 m between people is maintained or while eating, swimming or using a spa.

    Brides, grooms and their parents can skip masks during weddings but guests must keep them on.

    Children under 14 are also exempt, as are the mentally disabled and patients with conditions like asthma that make it difficult to wear masks.

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