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Haeundae beach opens this Monday amid COVID-19 pandemic Updated: 2020-06-01 05:46:55 KST

Haeundae beach, one of the most popular beaches in South Korea, is ready to meet an influx of visitors looking for some summer fun.
Not many people are visiting right now due to the COVID-19 outbreak, but that's going to change from Monday as the beach opens and the weather starts to heat up.

"It was so frustrating to stay home so it feels great to be at the beach. My child loves it as well."

The Busan Metropolitan City Government has decided to open Haeundae and Songjeong beach in June, but it's calling it a 'safe opening' to emphasize that extra precautions will be taken.
The major difference is that there will be no lending of parasols or inflatable tubes.
Also, COVID-19 prevention guidelines have been posted to remind people to keep a safe distance from others.
The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries is also advising visitors to refrain from spitting, blowing their nose or using the public shower facilities.

"We're going to check if the provisions are followed well this month and prepare for the full opening of beaches in July."

In Haeundae, 55 staff from the fire department, maritime police and Haeundae police station will man a watchtower to ensure visitors' safety and maintain public order.
There will also be a box where people can drop their name cards.
This means the authorities can more easily trace them if someone on the beach is found to have COVID-19.
The body temperature of every visitor will be checked upon arrival, but if someone is confirmed to have the virus, both of Busan's main beaches will be closed.
Jang Tae-hyun, Arirang News.
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