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Musical Industry Calls for Eased Social Distancing Rules in Theaters

Musical Industry Calls for Eased Social Distancing Rules in Theaters

SEOUL, Jan. 20 (Korea Bizwire) — The musical theater industry has called for eased social distancing rules at performance venues, citing the difficulty in continuing shows under the government’s current coronavirus restrictions. A group of workers in the industry on Tuesday pleaded with the government to mitigate the virus restrictions that require all members of [...]

S. Korea Extends Current Social Distancing Level for 2 Weeks, Eases Restrictions on Cafes, Gyms

S. Korea Extends Current Social Distancing Level for 2 Weeks, Eases Restrictions on Cafes, Gyms

SEOUL, Jan. 16 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea on Saturday extended its current social distancing level for two weeks while easing business restrictions on cafes, gyms and other indoor facilities. Under the new measures taking effect Monday, the capital area will continue to enforce Level 2.5, the second highest in a five-tier system, and the [...]

Two Busan Churches Ordered to Shut Down for Violating in-person Worship Ban

Two Busan Churches Ordered to Shut Down for Violating in-person Worship Ban

BUSAN, Jan. 11 (Korea Bizwire) — Two churches in the southeastern port city of Busan have been ordered to shut down after repeatedly holding in-person worship services in violation of the pandemic-driven social distancing rules, local officials said Monday. Under the administrative orders by Busan’s ward offices, the two Protestant churches — Saegyero and Seobu [...]

Fitness Clubs Protest Against Govt’s Extension of Social Distancing Period

Fitness Clubs Protest Against Govt’s Extension of Social Distancing Period

SEOUL, Jan. 5 (Korea Bizwire) — A number of fitness and pilates clubs in South Korea are taking a collective action to protest against the government’s latest decision to extend the Level 2.5 social distancing period by two additional weeks. During the extended period, fitness and pilates clubs will have to remain closed. Nonetheless, some [...]

COVID-19 Cases Tied to Seoul Prison Reach 923, Another Inmate Dies at Separate Facility

COVID-19 Cases Tied to Seoul Prison Reach 923, Another Inmate Dies at Separate Facility

SEOUL, Dec. 31 (Korea Bizwire) – The number of coronavirus cases tied to a Seoul detention center rose by 131 on Thursday, sending the total to over 900, while another inmate died of COVID-19 complications at a separate facility. The justice ministry said 126 inmates at Dongbu Detention Center in southeastern Seoul tested positive during the [...]

S. Korea to Extend Current Distancing Rules in Capital Area Until Jan. 3

S. Korea to Extend Current Distancing Rules in Capital Area Until Jan. 3

SEOUL, Dec. 27 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea decided to extend the current social-distancing restrictions in the greater Seoul area until Jan. 3, opting not to raise them to the toughest level, despite the winter wave of the novel coronavirus, officials said Sunday. Health Minister Kwon Deok-cheol announced that the Level 2.5 distancing, the second [...]

COVID-19 Pandemic Changes Landscape of Competitions

COVID-19 Pandemic Changes Landscape of Competitions

SEOUL, Dec. 24 (Korea Bizwire) — As social distancing becomes a part of everyday life following the coronavirus outbreak, the landscape of various competitions and championships is changing. The 2020 Chuncheon Marathon, hosted by the Chosun Ilbo newspaper every autumn, was cancelled this year due to COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, a contact-free, virtual marathon took place, [...]

Sales of Hair Clippers and Nail Treatment Products Jump as Stricter Social Distancing Looms

Sales of Hair Clippers and Nail Treatment Products Jump as Stricter Social Distancing Looms

SEOUL, Dec. 23 (Korea Bizwire) — Hair and nail products that can be used at home are gaining popularity as stricter social distancing measures are being considered following the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in South Korea. This new development seems to have been driven by the fact that Level 3 social distancing guidelines [...]