Officials are patrolling nightclubs in the capital, Seoul, to make sure they adhere to social distancing rules and advise people to organize Halloween parties online, Park Yo-mi, the city’s director general, told a briefing Friday.
“Don’t be a real ghost while enjoying Halloween,” reads a poster in Seoul.
Another warned that this year’s party “could really get scary”.
South Korea has been praised for its swift and effective action against the pandemic, but in May there has been a resurgence of cases following a nightclub-related outbreak in Seoul.
The Seoul government has sent staff and police to 1
About 14 nightclubs have already closed after failing to adhere to social distancing guidelines and having more people than allowed in nightclubs, Park said.
“The city plans to derive immediate results from the prevention measures by ordering a two-week ban on collecting facilities that violate the guidelines,” she added.
Park called on other companies to join Seoul’s 85 nightclubs, which said they would voluntarily close their doors during Halloween to prevent the virus from spreading.
South Korea has used aggressive testing and contact tracking in an attempt to contain the virus, which has infected 26,385 people and killed 463 in the country, according to the latest data from the Korean Agency for Disease Control and Prevention. The daily cases have been around 100 in the last week.