South Korea: Cafe, Gym Owners File Lawsuits over Coronavirus Lockdowns

South Korea: Cafe, Gym Owners File Lawsuits over Coronavirus Lockdowns


Cafe and gym owners in South Korea are filing separate lawsuits against the government this week seeking compensation for losses suffered under federally-mandated business shutdowns during the Chinese coronavirus pandemic.

“At the Seoul Western District Court on Tuesday, 203 gym owners belonging to the Pilates and Fitness Business Association filed for 5 million won (US$4,549) each for about 1 billion won [about $913,000] in total,” South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported on Tuesday.

The association filed a similar lawsuit with the Seoul Southern District Court in December demanding 765 million won (nearly $700,000) for the same reason.

The South Korean government on December 6 ordered the greater Seoul area to adhere to the nation’s second-highest level of social distancing measures as part of an effort to curb a then-surging number of new daily coronavirus cases. The “Level 2.5” restrictions forced all indoor gyms in the national capital region to shut

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