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Gangnam streets livelier on first day of 'Living with COVID-19' Updated: 2021-11-01 17:14:29 KST

Well, one of our reporters went out to the bustling streets in Gangnam to witness the first day of 'With COVID-19' rules taking place.
Curfews for certain businesses are gone for the first time in almost a year, and gatherings of up to 10 are now allowed.
Yeon-seung, how is it looking out there?

Well, I'm standing in a street near Gangnam Station, and this alley has been one of the most vibrant nightlife scenes in Seoul since way before the pandemic.
It's barely past 7 PM as of now, so it is still too early to tell, but there is more foot traffic than normal and I can sense a change in atmosphere.
I'm seeing many groups of more than four, something that we haven't been able to see many of since July,. and even though it's quite a chilly November evening, I've spotted many party outfits among the crowd.
I've actually even spotted some halloween costumes, which comes to show that the heat of the Halloween festivities hasn't yet completely subsided either.
I've talked to some people out here getting geared up for tonight, but not all of them were too excited about the changes.
Take a listen.

"I think I'm going home at 10 tonight. I've gotten so used to the 10 PM curfew, I don't think I'm going to stay out late and I'm worried about a spike in infections."

Right, well then, have you talked to any of the business owners in the area?
How are they dealing with the changes?

Well as you can imagine, many cafe and restaurant owners are welcoming the later hours and the higher limit on gatherings.
But there were still some worries and complaints.
Take a listen.

"I'm happy that there's no limit on business hours now, but it's hard because we already had to lay off so many staff. This is such short notice. I'm not sure how to deal with it."

"A lot of people who run singing rooms and gyms say the vaccine pass is raising issues about the fairness of vaccine passes. Why can only fully vaccinated people use our establishments, when pubs can have people who are unvaccinated?"

Many owners of singing rooms and entertainment facilities complained about the same thing.
Unfortunately, though, most of them refused to be on camera because they said they were too busy getting ready for tonight, when they're expect a bustling crowd of customers.
Son Young-rae, a top health official at the Central Disaster Management Headquarters did comment about this earlier today.
He said that for now this is an inevitable choice due to safety.
That's all I have for now, but I'm going to be out here till after 10 PM to bring you more updates.
Back to you, Connyoung.
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