With the delta variant now a major concern, Commissioner of South Korea's Disease Control and Prevention Agency, Jeong Eun-kyeong, warns that easing prevention measures in Seoul and the surrounding area could result in an explosion of more infections.
Her words fall in line with the capital area's recent decision to postpone implementing a new and revised social distancing scheme for one week.
A scheme that would've allowed people to hold larger private gatherings, dine out until midnight and even go clubbing starting July first.
"It was the right thing to do We've persevered until now so I believe we can endure this for a bit longer."
Quite a few were frustrated over the delay, though many longing for the pre-pandemic days.
"I agree with social distancing but I'm doubtful over whether this really has an effect on preventing the spread of the virus."
"As for small business owners, the reversal brings an extra week of financial struggles."
Complicated by concerns that one week might become two, then four, and before you know it, months.
Less foot traffic and limited hours simply translate to lower sales and less income.
"I've given up now really. Like I said, I think it's going to be extended again. It's beyond disappointment, I've simply given up."
Just when authorities thought infections would drop with millions of older adults now vaccinated, cases rose once again.
Seoul alone reported some 370 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, its most this year leading to fears of a looming resurgence.
If it gets worse, officials may push the social distancing level up to level 3.
As a precaution, the Greater Seoul area is cracking down on businesses violating prevention measures through on-site inspections over the next two weeks.
Han Seong-woo, Arirang News.