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Local businesses struggle amid social distancing measures Updated: 2020-09-09 10:06:44 KST

"Sinchon in north west Seoul is surrounded by four universities: Hongik, Seogang, Ewha, and Yonsei.
The area usually serves as an entertainment hub for young college students.
But with level two.five distancing measures extended until Sunday, the streets and shops are empty."

This small noodle shop has been in this spot since 1973.
It's usually open 24-7, so for the last 50 years customers rarely saw the shop closed and could always trust that they could come for a hearty bowl of noodles.
But with distancing measures forcing shops to close after nine, the owner has lost her main customers.

"People usually start coming in from eight to nine PM, but now we can't sell at all. Our sales are just zero. Just zero."

This barbecue restaurant has been the go-to place for student gatherings for the last 20 years.
It can host up to 150 people.
But the latest measures stripped the shop bare of customers and slashed sales to a quarter of what they used to be.
The owner had to let most of her employees go.
She said she has never seen it this bad.

People around here, they all say that they have to leave Sinchon and that this situation is just unbearable. I look around, and it seems about a fifth have closed shops.

To help with the struggle, the government announced on Tuesday that they were considering another emergency disaster relief fund for small business owners.
Although many welcomed this news, they also say it is not nearly enough to cover their losses.
Kim Yeon-seung, Arirang News
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