SEOUL, July 19 (Korea Bizwire) — After having been shut down since the rapid spread of COVID-19, the public outdoor smoking booths in the financial district of Yeouido in Seoul are open once again.
Starting from Thursday afternoon, the Yeongdeungpo District Office, which has jurisdiction over Yeouido, resumed the operation of seven outdoor smoking booths around the island that were tentatively shut down last week.
To address the congestion problem within the booths, the district office expanded the smoking spaces by installing temporary fences around the booths.
The district office assigned exclusive staff to supervise the violation of social distancing and disinfection rules within the smoking booths as well as to minimize possible interference with non-smokers.
The smoking booths that resumed operations after being remodeled looked far less congested than they were before.
Particularly in the smoking zones where city workers have been assigned, there were almost no smokers who smoked outside the booths or spit on the floors.
“Before the public outdoor smoking booths resumed operations, smokers flocked into private indoor smoking booths, raising concerns about infection,” a 45-year-old office worker surnamed Kim said.
“After the public outdoor smoking booths resumed operations, however, the lopsided situation of the smokers has greatly improved.”
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