The Seoul Metropolitan Government will implement additional quarantine measures from the 5th. Public transportation in subways and buses will also be reduced, which is expected to cause inconvenience to citizens.
“We will stop Seoul after 9 p.m. from the 5th,” Seo Jeong-hyeop, acting mayor of Seoul, said in an emergency briefing on the new coronavirus infection (Corona 19) at the Seoul City Hall on the afternoon of the 4th, announcing additional quarantine measures that will take effect for two weeks from midnight on the 5th.
“Considering the two weeks of the Corona 19 incubation period, we expected the distance-keeping effect to occur through last week and this weekend, but the increase in the number of confirmed cases is exponential beyond expectations,” Seo said. “We have taken measures to stop after 9 p.m.”
According to this measure, general management facilities such as stores, movie theaters, PC rooms, arcades, reading rooms, study cafes, amusement parks, beauty parks, marts, and department stores should all be closed at 9 p.m. from the 5th.
Public transportation will also be drastically cut in operating hours. The city said it will reduce public transportation operations by 30 percent after 9 p.m. from July 5.
As a result, city buses will begin to be reduced immediately from the 5th, while subways will be subject to reduction from the 8th with a deadline.
The city government added that if the situation worsens further, it will also push forward the last train time from the current midnight to 11 p.m. It also said it is in talks with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport and the Korea Railroad Corporation to reduce the number of sections outside of Seoul. This is because the Seoul Metro and Korail will jointly operate part of the metropolitan subway line that runs through the city.