Hundreds of Seoul bars ignored recommendations to shut. They’ve now been ordered to close

The Seoul government has ordered the closure of more than 400 bars and clubs that defied the city’s earlier recommendation to shut, Mayor Park Won-soon announced at a briefing on Wednesday.

The shutdown will continue until April 19.

According to Park, about 80% of the city’s 2,146 clubs and bars had already suspended their businesses due to the city government’s recommendation. But not all — 422 bars and clubs had remained open.

In reality, it is difficult for people who visit bars and clubs to practice social distancing measures and abide by guidelines to prevent the virus from spreading,” Park said.

The mayor urged citizens to fully cooperate in a battle against the virus for two more weeks. Three confirmed cases in relation to a bar in the capital’s glitzy Gangnam district were reported in the past week.

South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced 53 new cases of the coronavirus today, bringing the nationwide total to 10,384.

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