What to expect at Busan beaches when open for summer

What to expect at Busan beaches when open for summer

haps Korea Magazine

The city of Busan held the ‘2020 Beach Operations Meeting’ at the City Hall earlier this week ahead of opening more public beaches next month.

The meeting focused on examining quarantine management at the beaches for infection prevention, as people will flock to the beach in the summer season.

In addition to COVID-19 quarantine activities, the city will look for any preparations necessary for the opening and operation of the beaches including safety, transportation, security measures, facility maintenance as well as measures to manage accommodation, food, parasols, and recreational water tubes.

COVID-19 Response Teams will be dispatched at each of the seven public beaches in Busan, parasols will be installed 2 meters apart, public events held at the beach will be restricted, everyday life quarantine scheme specific to the beach venue will be strengthened on certain days, and intensive infection prevention activities will be carried out against facilities.

Haeundae and Songjeong beaches run from June 1 to August 31, while Songdo, Gwangalli, Dadaepo, Ilgwang, and Imrang beaches run from July 1 to August 31.

Haeundae Beach

Haeundae Beach plans to additionally install a parasol on-site reservation system and a beach electronic payment system.

This year, only 1,800 parasols will be set up, down from the usual 4,200. The beach will be divided into 12 sections, down from the usual 14.

Each area will have 144 parasols, down from the usual 300, and will be spaced 2 meters apart.

The shower sections will be operable, with only 7 people able to shower at one time.

Fever checks will be done on people who rent items, whose names will also be written down.

The beach’s opening ceremony and nighttime events will be canceled.

Songjeong Beach

Songjeong Beach will also cut its parasols to 450, down from 1,050 last year. It will also reduce its sections from 7 to 6.

Parasols will be 2-meters apart and must be reserved.

How to Reserve a Parasol

According to Korea Bizwire:

Reservations will be available at Sean Tour, an online public reservation platform, and local government websites. Anyone can book a reservation by providing the number of people, contact information, and the date of reservation.

The reservation system is only in Korean as of now.

The government also plans to introduce a ‘traffic light’ system to indicate how populated each beach is, to allow people to check before choosing to visit.

The ‘traffic lights’ will turn green if the beach is still within accommodation capacity. The lights will turn yellow if the number of visitors exceeds the maximum capacity by 200 percent, and red if it goes beyond 200 percent.

Usage information will be updated every 30 minutes for the traffic light system.

Accommodation capacity will be calculated to ensure social distancing of 2 meters between each visitor, dividing the available space inside the beach into 3.2 square-meters per visitor.

The government plans to use big data technology provided by KT Corp., the country’s major telecommunication firm, to operate the traffic light system, which will be first introduced at 10 large beaches, including Busan’s Haeundae Beach, on July 1.

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