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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