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PM orders measures to address unfairness complaints on forced gym closures

Politics 09:36 January 06, 2021

SEOUL, Jan. 6 (Yonhap) -- Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun on Wednesday demanded authorities come up with measures to address growing complaints from owners of commercial gyms forced to shut down for weeks under strict social distancing schemes.

Indoor gyms in the capital area are subject to an assembly ban under Level 2.5 social distancing measures, which were recently extended by two weeks until Jan. 17. In announcing the extension, however, the government allowed ballet and taekwondo schools to hold classes of up to nine people, sparking an outcry among gym owners.

Representatives of the Pilates and fitness industry hold a press conference outside the headquarters of the ruling Democratic Party in Yeouido, Seoul, on Jan. 5, 2021. (Yonhap)

"While the rules were made through painstaking consideration by the government, they must be supplemented if the rules aren't accepted by those affected in the field," Chung said during an interagency meeting on the COVID-19 response held at the government complex in Seoul.

Chung also said the government will launch a joint ministerial task force on public inoculation against COVID-19 this week and promised to thoroughly prepare for the public inoculation program through every step of the process, from arrival and vaccination to post-management.

The prime minister said the government will announce its vaccination plan as soon as it is established.

Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun speaks during a meeting of the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure Headquarters held at Seoul City Hall on Jan. 6, 2021. (Yonhap)


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