From today (30th), the obligation to wear masks indoors will be significantly eased.

However, you must wear a mask when using public transportation or in hospitals.

Let's connect reporters at Seoul Station to learn more about what the first day looks like and what to pay attention to.

Reporter Kim Deok-hyun, are many people still wearing masks?


Yes, I am at Seoul Station.

Since the first train service started about an hour ago, more and more passengers are coming and going.

Although the obligation to wear a mask indoors has been lifted after 2 years and 3 months, you can still see more people wearing masks.

[Kim Min-jun/Yangcheon-gu, Seoul: I'm not used to it yet, so I think it's comfortable to wear it, and since the corona is in progress, I'm thinking it would be better to wear it.] You

can take off your mask like I did when you're in the station here, but you can get on the train from the platform. When getting on, you must take out the mask from your pocket and put it on again.

The same goes for other public transport.

You must wear a mask not only in subways, buses, taxis, and airplanes, but also in commuting vehicles such as kindergartens and schools.

Wearing a mask in the waiting room or indoor platform is recommended when there are a lot of people, such as on the way to work, but you can choose whether to wear it or not.


Besides public transportation, are there places where you must wear a mask?


You don't have to wear a mask in most indoor spaces, except for places like medical institutions and pharmacies.

Even if you take off your mask in a large mart, you have to put it on again when you enter the pharmacy space inside the mart.

Even in medical facilities, there are places where the standards are different.

You have to wear a mask in the hospital, but you can take it off in the single occupancy room.

In addition, in facilities vulnerable to infection, such as nursing hospitals, patients or guardians can take off their masks even if they are in a room shared by many people, as long as there are no outsiders visiting.

The quarantine authorities said that it is still strongly recommended to wear a mask for the elderly, those with symptoms, and indoor environments with 'three mills' where ventilation is difficult.

(Video coverage Cho Chang-hyun, video editing: Yoon Tae-ho)