Starting this MaySouth Korea has gone mask-lessas long as people are outdoors.
"We're now in the second week since authorities lifted outdoor mask mandates.
Thanks to this, many people, including myself, have taken a step closer to returning to life as it was before the pandemic."
This is great news for businessesparticularly convenience stores.
One of South Korea's biggest convenience store chains, CU, saw its overall sales rise by 15 percent for the week after mask mandates were lifted compared to the week before.
"Ever since people were allowed to remove masks when outdoors from this month, we've seen many customers visit our convenience stores. Many looked for cold drinks due to the warmer weather."
The products showing the highest hike in sales were water, carbonated drinks, canned coffee, and sports drinks.
Liquor sales jumped by double digits as well.
"Convenience stores near the Han Riverin particular, saw a jump in sales that's because there are a lot of places for people to eat while enjoying the view and the weather."
"How are you guys feeling."
"It's great to be able to take off my mask."
"How about the rest of you?"
"We're having a blast."
We've also seen life begin to return to normal at NIGHT.
Ever since the government scrapped restrictions on business operation hoursmore and more people hit the streets of Gangnam to enjoy Seoul's nightlife.
"Bars and pubs benefitted most.
No curfewmeans more time to enjoy the nightlife. Cheers."
"We barely had any customers when there was a curfew. But now, we have so many that we sometimes run out of seats. Sales went up by 30 to 40 percent."
According to BC cardsales at bars increased by 47 percentcompared to before the country began relaxing social distancing measures.
Corporate credit cards were used by more than 70 percent of customerswhich means there have been more get-togethers among company workers.
And businesses are set to see sales continue to rise, with the relaxing of even more measures under the new Yoon administration.
Shin Ye-eun, Arirang News.
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