Due to the recent flare-up in COVID-19 cases, owners of small businesses and self-employed people in South Korea are demanding stronger antivirus measures, urging the authorities to raise the current level to level 3, the highest under the government’s 5-tier system.
Even those who used to strongly oppose strict distancing measures are now seeing the urgent need to contain the virus, despite the dire economic impact it’ll have on their bottom line.
This comes as many have already reached breaking point, leaving them with no other choice but to hope the pandemic ends as soon as possible.

Restaurant owners are among those hardest-hit financially.
Yet, some hang on to hope that tougher distancing measures will curb the spread.

“I worry when customers come to eat. If level 3 is imposed, it’ll be the end for all of us. But I still hope the level will be raised soon to end the pandemic.”

If and when level 3 is implemented, the timeframe will also be crucial.

“Since we have no income coming in, I agree with raising the level for a short period of time. But I’m also concerned as we don’t know how long they will last.”

Under level 3, multiuse facilities in South Korea will have to close with the exception of those deemed essential, such as hospitals and stores.
It would mean more than 500-thousand facilities shutting down nationwide.
Choi Min-jung, Arirang News.

Reporter : minjungc14@gmail.com

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