At around 11 p.m. on the weekend of the 22nd, a bar in Gangnam, Seoul, will enter a building with two people turned off. His staggering form seems to have improved his skills to some extent.
The two enter the corner of the building as if they were wandering through a maze and knock on the door of a closed cafe.
The door opens when I say Madame's name as if I'm passwording the person I hear. The bar I entered was dark with little light, but I could hear a loud voice in each room.
Everyone is talking with a big smile while being drunk. As the current social distance has been extended for another three weeks until the 13th of next month, quarantine tensions have been seen everywhere.
The whole country is getting tired of keeping COVID-19 quarantine distance. Complaints about the 강남야구장 government's failure to introduce the COVID-19 vaccine in time are increasing.
The ban on private gatherings with more than five people in downtown Seoul and the ban on business after 10 p.m. have become a dead letter. Not only bars such as karaoke bars and cafes, but also regular restaurants on the street are often open to business.
It is not easy to crack down on local governments. It has been a long time since small business owners who operate said, "It's a matter of livelihood now. We're going to sit on the streets before we get COVID-19. It's a judge's decision.". Now, even citizens are complaining, saying, "We hope the government will take action quickly.".
There are also a series of cases of violations of quarantine rules. In Daegu, three restaurants, one general restaurant and two entertainment bars, were caught violating quarantine rules banning gatherings of more than five people this month.
"We try to protect it if possible, but we sometimes violate quarantine rules because we have a meeting for the first time in a long time. Restaurants that have not received more than five customers in the past are also providing a place without notice," said a citizen in his 50s who works at a workplace near Gwanghwamun, Seoul.
Secret gatherings are also held, but major tourist attractions have long been crowded with people. The same was true of Eulwangni Beach in Jung-gu, Incheon on the 22nd.
It is also a problem to be crowded, but many people immersed their feet in the sea or experienced tidal flats without wearing masks. Until late at night, more than five people gathered at the beach for a drinking party.
As the awareness of quarantine weakens, there is also a vicious cycle in which the number of confirmed cases has increased significantly in some areas, raising the level of distance. As of midnight on the 25th, health authorities in Gangwon Province decided to upgrade the social distance of Chuncheon from 1.5 to 2. Earlier in Wonju City, a number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported around entertainment establishments, raising the social distance to the second stage since the 19th.
Meanwhile, the government announced on the 21st that it will extend the current distance (stage 2 in the metropolitan area, level 1.5 in the non-capital area), a ban on private gatherings for five or more people, and restrictions on business hours of multi-use facilities such as restaurants and cafes in the metropolitan area (until 10 p.m.) for another three weeks until the 13th of next month. The current measures, which took effect on February 15, have been extended six times for four months.