SEOUL, July 1 (Korea Bizwire) — A renewed spike in coronavirus cases in South Korea has focused a growing number of water lovers’ interest on indoor swimming pools.
With the number of confirmed coronavirus cases surging in recent weeks, many water park operators have had no choice but to delay their official opening day in the run up to the hot summer season. Experts say water itself is safe from the virus, but the larger concern is the possibility of the virus being transmitted uncontrollably in what are usually crowded spaces.
In fact, the Han River Business Center, the agency responsible for the operation of outdoor swimming pools along the Han River, temporarily delayed the opening of many swimming pools and water playgrounds. The agency was supposed to open the facilities on June 26, but the opening has been delayed indefinitely.
This has prompted many parents with kids to think about the possibility of a makeshift swimming pool at home. This economical and safe way to enjoy swimming can be placed in a bathroom or apartment veranda if there is enough space to accommodate it.
According to Auction, eBay Korea’s ecommerce operation, overall sales of indoor swimming pools in the past month jumped 151 percent over the same period last year. Sales of infant pools designed to be set up in small spaces have increased by 98 percent. Related items such as pumps have seen sales rise by 167 percent over the past year.
Caribbean Bay, known as the largest indoor and outdoor waterpark in the world, and located in Yongin, has decided to limit the number of visitors in compliance with the government’s quarantine guidelines. Other waterparks are likely to restrict the number of visitors they accept for the time being.
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