[WORD_ON_THE_WEB] 'Stop insisting on these policies'A group of business owners gathered in Gwanghwamun Square in central Seoul on Tuesday to rally against the government’s social distancing policies. They went as far as expressing their intention to file a class action suit against the government to demand compensation for financial damages.
The group also threatened to keep their businesses open for 24 hours starting from Feb. 21, urging the government to stop restricting business hours. Some participants shaved their heads to show their commitment to the cause.
The number of Covid-19 patients has jumped to over 90,000 new cases as of Wednesday and the government plans to announce its new public health guidelines Friday. Media reports say that the new measures could include increasing the maximum number of people who can gather outside to eight and relaxing the business curfew to 10 p.m.
“The government should stop insisting on these policies. It’s bringing the opposite of the intended effect in many cases.”
“Are they having fun, playing with the numbers like this? Six people max, eight people max, 9 p.m. curfew, 10 p.m. curfew — what’s the point ? I don’t know what the government’s standards are, I’m just getting whiplash from all this back and forth.”
“I can’t take this anymore, I did everything as required and this is the result?”
“I’m not a business owner myself, but I agree with what they say. Why isn’t the government alleviating the quarantine measures already? The self-employed are dying out. Why are they the ones who have to carry this burden?"
“If they alleviate quarantine, the numbers will shoot up. Social distancing is keeping Covid-19 at bay.”
“The number of ICU patients and deaths is increasing again. Too many lives are at risk to be making a premature decision.”
BY LEE SI-YEOUNG, YOO JI-WOO [firstname.lastname@example.org]