South Korea to Impose Face Mask Fine

 

The Seoul metropolitan government will start imposing fines of 100,000 won (approximately $88) on citizens who do not wear face masks in public from November 13. The fine could also be applied to people who wear masks under their noses.

Exceptions will be made for people under the age of 14, the disabled and those with a medical condition which makes it difficult for them to wear masks. Others can also get a 20 percent reduction of the fine if they provide a valid reason for their violation.

Fines will not be imposed for taking masks off during meals, swimming and broadcasting.

The five main areas of enforcement will be multiuse facilities, public transportation, rally sites, medical facilities and nursing homes.

Of the multiuse facilities, the rule will apply to not only bars, karaoke rooms and restaurants that are limited-entry establishments, but also 16 “medium-risk” facilities like private academies, houses of worship and indoor wedding halls.

A government official stated, “The purpose is not to levy fines but to stop the spread of COVID-19 by following social distancing guidelines. Offenders will be given a warning before they are issued a fine.”

 

–J.Chung.

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