“Until 10? “Thank you”, “Let’s loose the 5 person limit”… Temperature difference by industry

The opening hours of restaurants and cafes in the metropolitan area, which the government had limited due to concerns about the spread of the new coronavirus infection (Corona 19), have been extended from 9 pm to 10 pm, but the ban on meetings with more than 5 people has been maintained.

It is an atmosphere where there is a conflict among self-employed people. About the increase in business hours, there was generally a welcoming atmosphere, but the bar owners responded that they were disappointed. In addition, there were many positions that the number of restrictions should be lifted.

On the 13th, Prime Minister Jeong Sye-gyun said, “The distance between the metropolitan area for two weeks from the day after tomorrow will be mitigated in two steps, and 1.5 steps for other areas.”

The operating hours of multi-use facilities in the metropolitan area will be increased by one hour from 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm. However, the ban on meetings of more than 5 people remains the same nationwide. Most self-employed people are welcoming the increase in business hours by one hour. Kim Mo, 72, who runs a meat restaurant in Guro-gu, Seoul, said, “The time limit is until 9 p.m. “If the extension is over, people will be able to afford it, so I wonder if they will come to have a drink in the evening.”

Hamo, 57, who runs a Korean restaurant in the same neighborhood, said, “Of course, thank you. Originally, considering the meal time, we only received customers until 8 o’clock,” he said. “After the 9 o’clock business restriction, sales have decreased to 15%, but since the opening hours are being extended, we are planning to open it on Sundays.”

Lee Mo (48), who has been running a cafe in Noryangjin academy district in Dongjak-gu, Seoul for nine years, said, “I was in a situation where I couldn’t get the right money even if I gave it to me, but I am grateful that I released it by 10:00. I don’t think there will be.
However, those who run bars, etc. are in a position that it is regrettable even at 10 o’clock.

Kim Mo (68), who runs a pub in Daehak-dong, Gwanak-gu, Seoul, complained, “It would be better than before, but if we were able to do it until midnight, it would have been better.”

Some were worried that they could only increase the labor cost because they only paid for an hour.

Aunt 31, who has been working at a brunch cafe in Guro-gu, Seoul for four years, said, “It is unlikely that the number of customers will increase because of the last hour. It is the deadline, so I think I will have to spend one more person, but I think the salary will be higher.” I was concerned.

Many responded that it was regrettable that there was a limit on the business of more than 5 people.

Kim Mo (61), who has been running a chueotang restaurant in Noryangjin, Seoul for 14 years, said, “After New Year’s Day, the atmosphere for the year-end and New Year will end, so we won’t have many meetings, but I think we can lift more restrictions.”

Mr. Ha, the president of the Korean restaurant, said, “Originally, there was a billiard room nearby, so there were more than 5 guests, and last year there were some who came to the beach after the meeting,” and said, “I hope that the ban on the number of people can be lifted.”

Mr. Kim, who runs the pub, said, “It is unavoidable to keep more than 5 people, but it is unfortunate.” “Because the commercial district is a college student, there were many events such as OT (orientation) for freshmen around this time.”
It was also mentioned that the five-person limit was not meaningful, mainly for private cafes.

Mr. Lee, an employee of the Guro-gu brunch cafe, said, “Anyway, a lot of guests of 5 or more come to sit apart from each other. It sounds like a funny step.”

“The business was small, so there were no seats for more than 5 people,” said Lee, the CEO of Noryangjin Cafe. “When the hall business restrictions were lifted, it was much more effective.”

On this day, Kwon Deok-cheol, the first deputy head of the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure Headquarters (the middle script), held a regular briefing for Corona 19 at the government office in Seoul, and additionally announced specific measures to adjust social distancing.

In the case of the metropolitan area, the operating time limit for about 430,000 places of business that are restricted from operating at 9 pm, such as restaurants and cafes, will be relaxed until 10 pm The operating time limit for multi-use facilities (about 480,000 locations) such as movie theaters, PC rooms, game rooms, academies, reading rooms, amusement parks, beauty salons, and large marts will be lifted.

The metropolitan area shows congestion at the level of patients in the upper half of 200 on average per day for the fourth week, but has fallen below the standard of 2.5 stages (400-500). The non-metropolitan area decreased to an average of less than 100 people per day.


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