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Restaurants Struggling as Coronavirus Scare Spreads


SUWON, Feb. 3 (Korea Bizwire)With growing concern over the seriousness of the coronavirus epidemic, many South Koreans are opting to stay away from crowded places, including restaurants and other eateries.

Group dinners, accounting for a significant portion of all sales, have dwindled, and schools are cancelling graduation and enrollment ceremonies.

“It’s important that I don’t get infected, but it is also important not to take any chance of spreading the disease to other people. It doesn’t hurt to stay careful,” said a local office worker.


Some companies are choosing not to hold group dinners.

“Lunar New Year, followed by graduation and enrollment ceremonies, should have been a chance to boost our sales,” said the owner of a local Chinese restaurant. “This year, though, reservations have dropped by more than half.”

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