President Moon Jae-in has reiterated his call on the public to shake off their anxiety and engage in economic activity as usual.
He visited one of Seoul's most famous attractions Namdaemun Market on Wednesday. to encourage the merchants there amid the coronavirus outbreak.
The market saw 4 million visitors last year but recently seen a decline due to the virus.
Moon took the opportunity to buy local food products.
The president also held a luncheon meeting with several merchants, where he vowed support for vendors, the self-employed and traditional markets so they and the country can overcome the situation together.
More important than the government's support is how swiftly the people can feel at ease and carry on actively in their normal lives, especially in terms of economic activity and consumption. I am here today in the hope that more people will visit traditional markets.
Moon has recently been filling his schedule with economy-related agenda reflecting his determination to minimize the economic fallout and restore consumer sentiment.
In line with the president's efforts, the government is also working to ease excessive public concern.
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun urged the people to trust the government and carry on with their daily lives.
He also said that it was unnecessary for ministries or agencies to cancel or postpone scheduled events.
"It's not desirable for events organized by the central or local governments to be cancelled or postponed due to the coronavirus. After taking thorough disinfection measures, scheduled events can go on as planned."
The prime minister added that there's no need for stores to close for days because an infected person has been there.
Experts, he noted, say that the locations are safe to visit after two days following disinfection operations.
Kim Min-ji, Arirang News.