such a situation, our daily life collapses again. You can meet up to 6 people in the metropolitan area and 8 people in other areas from 00:00 tomorrow (6th) 4 hours later. A quarantine pass is also required at restaurants. A reporter is out on the street in front of Hongdae, Seoul.
Now, reporter Lee Seong-hoon, how are the expressions of citizens ahead of the strengthening of quarantine and the reactions of self-employed people?
weather here is a little chilly and it's Sunday evening, so the streets of Hongdae here in Seoul are rather quiet.
Still, a day before the measures to strengthen quarantine, many citizens came out to enjoy the year-end atmosphere.
[Park Eun-ji / Uiwang-si, Gyeonggi-do: It's the end of the year, everyone is happy, and because a lot of (prevention guidelines) have been released, many appointments have been made, but more than 80% of them have been canceled. I have to protect it, so I can't help it.]
However, self-employed people who have barely sighed in the gradual recovery of daily life are worried.
Although the restriction on business hours was omitted from the special measures, it is because of concerns that the expansion of the application of the quarantine pass will hinder business.
[Jung Kyung-mi / Restaurant management: Customers are shrinking. We are preparing everything, but the customers are not moving. It comes out once in a broadcast and changes every time it changes.]
For 4 weeks from tomorrow, the maximum number of private gatherings will be reduced to 6 in the metropolitan area and 8 in the non-metropolitan area.
In addition, the quarantine pass, which was applied only limitedly to entertainment facilities and indoor sports facilities, is extended to multi-use facilities such as restaurants and cafes.
To use this facility, you must bring a certificate that two weeks have passed since the completion of vaccination or a PCR negative confirmation.
However, it is possible for an unvaccinated person to use a restaurant or cafe alone.
Marts, department stores, wedding halls, religious facilities, etc., where it is difficult to check the quarantine pass collectively, are an exception.
The measures to expand the quarantine pass were to go through a one-week guidance period, so penalties such as fines for negligence will also be imposed from the 13th for violating the quarantine rules.
The government predicted that the effect of the strengthened quarantine measures would appear in one to two weeks, but it was decided to be implemented by January 2 next year, but depending on the corona epidemic situation, the quarantine may be tightened or loosened more.
So far, I have delivered them on the streets of Hongdae, Seoul.
(Video coverage: Yoo Dong-hyeok, video editing: Hwang Ji-young)
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