time to recover the 'forgotten daily life' on the last night of October is approaching. It will take effect from tomorrow (1st). First, the time limit at 10 pm disappears, and you can meet up to 10 people in the metropolitan area and 12 people in the non-metropolitan area. In addition, I am able to enjoy my leisure life and dream of traveling abroad again.
That's why it's a bit of a lively atmosphere on a Sunday night. Today (the 31st) is Halloween, so it must be more so. It is true that tens of thousands of people gather in some areas, which is worrying. Literally, a reporter is out at the scene where expectations and concerns intersect.
Reporter Park Jae-hyun, you can see a huge crowd behind reporter Park now.
Yes, the day before the gradual recovery of daily life and today, the Halloween festival, as you can see behind me, the streets of Itaewon are so full of people that it is not easy to walk.
Today, in Itaewon, about 40,000 people gathered the day before and about 80,000 people yesterday.
The police are expecting about 40,000 people to visit again today.
When the gradual recovery of daily life begins tomorrow, it seems that we will see this kind of thing that has been difficult to see for nearly two years in the future.
Supermarkets and shopping malls were also crowded with people, especially one hypermarket that had a discount event this weekend, which was much more crowded than usual.
As the return to pre-COVID-19 daily life was imminent, citizens showed great anticipation but could not shake their concerns about the spread of the infection.
[Shin Ki-seung / Itaewon restaurant president: I can't speak.
I haven't paid my rent for several months.
(Now) I guess it's a little bit better.
You have to get better, you can’t go like this.]
[Kim Seon-wook / Andong-si, Gyeongnam: If so many people gather just because they got the vaccine, I think it’s still too much for us to overcome (corona).]
Quarantine authorities are also concerned about a surge in the number of confirmed cases.
Since the 25th, temporary screening clinics have been operated in Itaewon, Hongdae, and Gangnam streets in Seoul to prepare for the Halloween festival.
Of the 455 people tested yesterday, 4 confirmed cases were confirmed.
A little later, a joint crackdown between the city authorities and the police will take place in major densely populated areas of downtown Seoul.
Until today, we will have to follow the existing quarantine rules, so we plan to check whether the standards such as the 10 pm business limit and the 8 seat limit are being followed.
(Video coverage: Hwang In-seok, video editing: Lee Hong-myung)Keywords: