City Hall keeping Busanites safe from COVID-19
City Hall has adapted and strengthened its prevention regulation to better adapt to the pandemic in the winter months. As a result of multiple days of over 50 cases, City Hall raised its social distancing level and decreed changes in how cafes, restaurants and other facilities are allowed to operate.
The city is doing its utmost to secure beds and residential treatment centers in preparation for a potential explosion in cases. As of Dec. 24, 2020, the city has secured 300 beds in the Busan Medical Center and 205 beds in residential treatment centers. Together with 206 beds at Pukyong National University's Yongdang campus dormitory, the city has 711 beds to be used by confirmed patients.
To be more proactive, Busan is also operating temporary screening clinics around town. Eight such clinics have been or are scheduled to be set up, and they will provide free anonymous testing to anyone who wishes to be screened, even if no symptoms are present. In case of a negative test result, those who voluntarily take a test need not quarantine. Test results are ready in about 48 hours.
Depending on the success of these temporary screening facilities, City Hall may expand the operation. As of Dec. 24, 2020, the temporary screening clinic at the Nurimaru in Seomyeon operates from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. From noon to 1 p.m., the center is closed for disinfection. The temporary screening clinic at City Hall's Lighthouse Plaza runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and also closes from noon to 1 p.m. The clinic at Busan Station is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. without disinfection time.
A temporary screening clinic near the Deokcheon Intersection in Buk-gu (district) will begin operation immediately after its precise location is decided. City Hall will subsequently install four additional temporary screening clinics as soon as possible. It plans to establish one temporary screening clinic per district or county.
City Hall has reorganized its website on COVID-19 to make the user interface more accessible. Routes of confirmed patients, the location of testing sites and more information are available in Korean, English, Chinese Japanese, Vietnamese, Russian and Indonesian in cooperation with BeFM and the Busan Foundation for International Cooperation.