December 23, 2020 12:37
Tourist spots and winter sport facilities across the country are closing for the festive season as the government fears a third wave of the coronavirus epidemic. That includes ski resorts, sledding parks, skating rinks and other venues.
Hotels, guest houses and other lodging facilities across the country will only be allowed to rent out 50 percent of available rooms. And popular spots to watch the first sunrise of the year, such as Jeongdongjin in Gangwon Province, Gangjeolgot Cape in Ulsan and Mt. Nam in Seoul have been ordered to close until Jan. 3.
Party rooms in hotels, which became popular during the lockdown of restaurants and bars, have also been shut. Restaurants across the country will be banned from hosting private gatherings of more than five people from midnight Thursday until Jan. 3.
Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun told reporters the aim is to "curb the spread of coronavirus infections once and for all."
Korea has seen an average of 985.7 new cases a day over the past week in what has is now considered a third wave of the epidemic. But the government says it opted to use a scalpel instead of a sledge hammer to enforce the fresh lockdown.
On Wednesday morning, Korea saw over 1,000 new cases again with 1,092.
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