Court suspends the effectiveness of quarantine pass… Those who are not vaccinated can go to the supermarket

On the afternoon of the 11th, the second day of the enforcement of the mandatory quarantine pass for large-scale stores such as department stores and hypermarkets, the entrance of a department store in Daegu is crowded with citizens who go through the authentication process. 2022.1.11/News 1

The court partially suspended the effect of the government’s quarantine pass (inoculation certificate, negative confirmation system). Accordingly, even those who have not been vaccinated will be able to visit stores, marts and department stores in Seoul.

On the 14th, the Seoul Administrative Court 4th Administrative Division (Chief Judge Han Won-gyo) partially cited the application to suspend the enforcement of the quarantine pass that 1,023 people including Jo Doo-hyeong, a professor at Yeungnam University Medical School, filed against the Minister of Health and Welfare, the head of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Seoul Mayor.

The court said, “Due to the quarantine pass, it is clear that those who have not completed the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine cannot use the quarantine pass-applied facilities unless an exception is recognized, such as presenting a PCR negative confirmation within 48 hours, so that basic rights are limited. do,” he presumed.

He continued, “There is a possibility that a large number of people will gather at shops, marts, and department stores, but the risk is relatively lower than those of restaurants and cafes where eating and drinking are conducted. Giving the disadvantage of controlling entry and exit itself constitutes an excessively excessive restriction.”

With this decision, the effectiveness of the quarantine pass applied to stores, marts, and department stores larger than 3000 square meters in Seoul will be suspended, and for teenagers aged 12 to 18, the effectiveness of the quarantine pass will be suspended at all 17 types of facilities.

However, since this decision is limited to public announcements by the Seoul Metropolitan Government, it does not apply to other regions, and the period of suspension is until the 30th day after the judgment of the first trial of the relevant case is adjudicated.

Reporter Lee Ji-won [email protected]

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