Self-employed people confused in easing group bans… “Why only us”

On the 14th, in front of the Democratic Party in Yeouido, Seoul, officials such as gym pilates, study cafe, screen golf, coin karaoke, etc. are announcing the three joint requirements for self-employed business owners related to the adjustment of the banned business category scheduled to be announced on the 16th. / Reporter Kang Jin-hyung [email protected]

[아시아경제 송승윤 기자] As the government decided to ease some of the anti-coronavirus infection (Corona 19) quarantine measures starting on the 18th, the business that was able to resume business and those that did not have mixed difficulties.

On the 16th, the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure Headquarters announced on the 16th that it would extend the current “social distance” and ban on private gatherings of five or more people nationwide by two weeks until the end of this month to prevent the re-proliferation of Corona 19.

In cafes, quarantine measures have been eased so that food can be eaten at stores until 9 pm It has been decided to allow indoor sports facilities such as gyms and singing practice rooms to be opened on condition that the hours and number of people are limited. Among indoor sports facilities, group sports (GX) such as Zumba, Taebo, Spinning, and Aerobics are prohibited from continuing to operate. Five types of entertainment facilities with high risk of infection (entertainment pub, Danran pub, emotional pub, Collate, Hunting Pocha) and Hold’em Pub were excluded from the mitigation.

With this measure, cafes and gyms were sighing of relief, while the complaints of entertainment industry workers who were unable to continue to operate are reaching their peak. In some regions, such as Gwangju, business owners decided to engage in collective action. Earlier, representatives of the five major industries, including the Korea Entertainment and Food Industry Federation, the National Association of Singing Practices, Collate, the Korea Federation of Danran Bars, and the Korea Coin Singing Practices Association, also announced that they would conduct business after the 17th, regardless of whether the group ban was eased or not. have.



Some industries have managed to sigh, but despite easing quarantine measures, the anger of self-employed and small business owners continues to grow. There are also cases of lawsuits against the government to compensate for operating losses.

The National Federation of Cafe Presidents filed a lawsuit against the government in the Seoul Central District Law on the 14th, claiming compensation for damages of about 1.8 billion won. According to the association, 358 people who participated in the first lawsuit claimed 5 million won per person. The Pilates and Fitness Business Federation also filed a lawsuit against the government to claim damages of 1.15 billion won. In December of last year, they also filed a claim against the government for damages of 765 million won.

Merchants who want to do business comfortably, the National Association of Franchise Owners, and the Korean Federation of Small Merchants and Business Owners, together with civil society organizations such as the Participation Solidarity, have filed a request for a Constitutional Petition to the Constitutional Court for a notice of the Seoul collective restrictions. In addition, it is expected that there will be more organizations filing lawsuits for damages or constitutional petitions in the future as workers in various industries make statements one after another and oppose the collective ban. Among the organizations that are already litigating lawsuits, some are planning to proceed with additional 2nd and 3rd litigations or file a constitutional complaint in addition to this.

The Entertainment Industry Federation is also preparing a lawsuit against the government, etc., claiming business loss due to Corona 19. They previously filed an administrative lawsuit with the Seoul Administrative Court, claiming that it is unfair to take measures that have not been exempted from the property tax for entertainment workers even in the situation where they cannot operate for a long time due to the collective prohibition order.

Reporter Song Seung-yoon [email protected]

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