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S. Korea to resume distribution of coupons for museums, theaters, sports facilities

17:59 October 18, 2020

SEOUL, Oct. 18 (Yonhap) -- The government will begin distribution of a series of discount coupons this week to spur consumption in the live performance, film and sports industries hit-hard by the coronavirus pandemic, officials said Sunday.

From Thursday, the government will gradually provide discount coupons, starting with 40 percent discounts for entrance to museums, 1,000 won (US$0.87) to 3,000 won discounts for art exhibitions and 8,000 won discount for performances, according to the authorities.

For movies, booking at a 6,000 won discount will be available starting Oct. 28, which can be used from Oct. 30, while for sports facilities, people who spend more than 80,000 won between Nov. 2-30 will get a 30,000 won refund from their card companies through a draw.

Accommodation, travel and restaurant businesses were not included in the discount scheme, as virus concerns linger.

The move comes as the government eased the social distancing guidelines to the lowest level last week as new daily COVID-19 cases showed a slight sign of decrease.

South Korea originally planned to distribute the coupons in August, but suspended the plan due to a resurgence in virus cases, mostly traced to a conservative church in northern Seoul.

Officials said the coupons will be distributed only to those who agree to follow due anti-virus measures, such as wearing face masks. Authorities will also begin inspecting the facilities Thursday to see whether they are strictly following infection prevention guidelines.

On Sunday, South Korea reported 91 new virus cases, raising the total caseload to 25,199.

This file photo, taken on Feb. 11, 2020, shows movie posters on an electronic board at a CGV theater in Seoul. (Yonhap)


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