[Reporter Lee Da-gyeom, Daily Economy Star Today]
“Can’t I go to the theater if more than 5 people are banned?”
In order to block the spread of COVID-19, an administrative order to ban private gatherings of 5 or more people in the metropolitan areas such as Seoul, Gyeonggi-do, and Incheon from 0:00 on the 23rd to January 3 of next year was issued, ahead of the year-end awards ceremony. Broadcasters, theaters, and scheduled concerts were confirmed to have no effect.
Private gatherings include alumni associations, clubs, picnics, year-end parties, workplace dinners and workshops, and personal social gatherings such as step-by-step meetings, housewarming, first-birth parties, sixtieth birthdays and Chilsunyeon are also prohibited. Considering the exceptional nature, only weddings and funerals are allowed to be less than 50 people, which is the standard 2.5-step distance.
This announcement is considered to be in the third stage of social distancing, and there is confusion over what type of industry it is. In particular, in the entertainment industry, interest in concerts, theaters, broadcasting, etc., in which a large number of people are bound to gather due to the nature of the industry, has gathered.
As a result, concerts, movie theaters, broadcasting stations, etc. are not regulated by an administrative order prohibiting collective. Since this regulation is not a regulation on ‘facilities’, but rather an ‘action’ regulation, multi-use facilities such as movie theaters and performance halls can be operated at the current level of 2.5 steps of distance. In addition, production of broadcasts and movies is classified as working in the workplace, not as a private meeting, so dramas, entertainment, and filming can all be carried out.
An official from a drama production company told Maeil Business Daily Star Today on the 22nd, “The filming site is classified as a company location, so it is not subject to ban on groups of 5 or more people.”
The year-end awards ceremony will also be held as scheduled with no audience. The ‘2020 MBC Entertainment Awards’ to be held on the 29th, the ‘2020 MBC Drama Awards’ to be broadcast on the 30th, the ‘2020 KBS Drama Awards’ to be held on the 31st, the ‘2020 SBS Drama Awards’, and the ‘2020 MBC Music Festival’ will be on air.
CGV officials of the theater franchise also said, “It is not the same measure as in the third stage of the suspension of theater operations. However, the current theater ticketing is up to 8 tickets per person, and in order to reduce it to 5 people or less, each theater has a policy of allowing up to 4 tickets per person.”
In addition, the online live streaming performance ‘2021 NEW YEAR’S EVE LIVE presented by Weverse’ by artists from Big Hit Labels, which is pre-recorded and broadcast live, will also be held as scheduled on the 31st. .
On the other hand, the executive order prohibiting gathering of five or more people will be enforced from 0:00 on the 23rd to January 3 of next year. In case of violation, measures such as fines, fines for negligence, group ban, facility closure or suspension of operation (after December 30, 20) may apply. In addition, if it is confirmed that a confirmed person has occurred due to a violation of the administrative order, the right to reimburse may be claimed for the cost of treatment, etc.
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