COVID-19: No Chimaek on S. Korean Beaches This Year | Be Korea-savvy

COVID-19: No Chimaek on S. Korean Beaches This Year


SEJONG, July 9 (Korea Bizwire) – A huge disappointment for beachgoers eager to enjoy unique Korean food culture during the summer holiday season, but ever-strict COVID-19 guidelines will not allow summer vacationers to experience the so-called ‘chimaek’ culture during the night hours at major beaches in South Korea.

The Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries announced on Wednesday that it will order a ban on gathering at night at beaches that translates into restrictions on drinking and eating during the night.


While many beaches nationwide have begun to welcome visitors, the operators should must follow strict COVID-19 guidelines, including maintaining a two-meter distance between parasols and tents, restrictions on the use of shower booths, avoiding physical contact with others and wearing a face mask when not in the water.

Chimaek is a pairing of fried chicken and beer, one of the most popular delicacies for South Koreans during the hot summer season, especially for beachgoers eager to shake off the summer heat.


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