Beaches Prepare for Another Locked-Down Summer

      May 31, 2021 12:42

      Beaches across the country are to open in early July for yet another coronavirus summer after Korea failed to vaccinate the population in time.

      Authorities will stick badges on visitors, check their temperature and compel them to book a space to prevent overcrowding. Drones hovering overhead will spy on violators.

      Last year some 26.8 million people flocked to beaches across the country, but not one infection was traced to them.

      Officials in Busan said the port city's busiest Haeundae Beach and Songjeong Beach will open on Tuesday but, in a bid to discourage holidaymakers, no parasols or shower booths will be set up in June. Even during the peak season in July and August, only 1,700 parasols will be set up on the beaches to maintain a 2-m distance between beachgoers, compared to 4,200 in normal times.

      All entrances are also equipped with electronic bar-code readers and infrared thermometers to track visitors.

      Visitors pack a beach on Jeju Island on May 18. /Newsis

      Boryeong in South Chungcheong Province, famous for its annual mud festival, decided not to open the beach at night during the month of August. The city will also have visitors wear cutting-edge stickers that sense their body temperature -- they are green for normal but turn yellow when body temperature rises above 37.5 degrees Celsius.

      Gyeongpo Beach in the eastern port city of Gangneung will open on July 16 and drones will spot violators.

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