Today marks the beginning of Korea’s public holiday for the Chuseok harvest festival and the first major holiday during the pandemic.
Although Korea’s daily COVID-19 cases have been stabilising, authorities are concerned that travel during Chuseok could spark new outbreaks nationwide. Traditionally, families gather together to give thanks to their ancestors and share a large family meal. As such, the government has urged people to avoid travelling and extended level 2 social distancing guidelines.
According to a Seoul Metropolitan Government survey, almost 70% of Seoul residents will refrain from traveling to hometowns. However, 200,000 people are expected to travel to Jeju Island and tourist destinations have reported higher than expected reservation rates.
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