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Amid the resurgence of COVID-19, the government will step up quarantine management at airports and increase staff at tourist destinations nationwide as the country faces the first summer season without social distancing since the start of the pandemic.
On Friday, Interior and Security Minister Lee Sang-min chaired a pandemic response meeting to discuss measures to ensure a safe travel environment.
Additional quarantine staff will be deployed at Incheon International Airport and seven provincial airports, with a combined staff of 140 assisting passengers with various quarantine-related processes.
A total of 25 hundred security officers, including around 500 new workers, will also be dispatched to major tourist attractions to help with anti-virus measures such as mask-wearing, distancing, disinfection and ventilation.
This summer is the first holiday season since the lifting of outdoor mask wearing and distancing rules.
Unlike past summer seasons when people were urged to avoid travel when infections spiked, this year the government is focusing on creating a safe environment for travel while hoping to refrain from issuing strict rules that could harm the tourism industry.