First weekend of social distancing… Religious facility ‘Hansan’ inspection center ‘overcrowded’


On the second day of strengthening social distancing, the number of people attending religious events also decreased significantly. The town was relatively quiet, and now it is difficult to expect the year-end specials. However, I had to wait in line for a long time today (19th) in front of the prosecutor’s office.

Reporter Jung Gu-hee covered the story.

In a large church in Yeouido, when members hold a cell phone, it appears whether or not they have been vaccinated.

The church only allowed entry today to those who have been vaccinated.

Devotees sat at a distance, leaving some seats empty.

Starting this weekend, only those who have been vaccinated will be able to hold 70% of their seats for religious ceremonies.

However, if there is even one person who is not vaccinated, 30% of the capacity, up to 299 people, can enter.

[심재홍/여의도순복음교회 장로 : 지난주에는 80~90% 정도 입장해서 예배를 드렸는데, 오늘 제일 많이 들어오는 2부 예배 때는 40~50%밖에 안 들어왔습니다.]

Churches in Incheon, where more than 70 people with Omicron mutations have been infected, also resumed face-to-face worship today.

Streets that have lost their year-end specials due to strengthening social distancing are quiet.

There are also some shops that are completely closed.

Yesterday, it snowed in the metropolitan area, and even the delivery business was missed.

Movie theaters that are closed until 10pm will have their last screening before 8pm.

[이현정/경기도 광명시 : 예매는, 자리는 그래도 많이 남아 있어서 어렵지 않았던 거 같아요. (연말이) 좀 침체돼있는 느낌? 소수로 2명 정도 만나서 모임 가지는 정도예요.]

On the other hand, screening laboratories don’t even have time to set foot on the weekends.

I put on a hat and scarf in padding and try to endure the cold, but the line hardly gets shorter due to the crowd.

The sigh of the self-employed and the cultural industry is expected to deepen until the 2nd of next month, when the strengthened quarantine measures continue.

(Video coverage: Seol Seol-hwan, Yang Hyun-cheol, Video editing: Park Jin-hoon)

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