Lotte closes Jeju downtown duty free store amid Coronavirus outbreak

By Andrew Pentol |


Lotte has temporarily closed its Jeju downtown duty free store after a Chinese visitor was confirmed to have the virus.

Lotte Duty Free has temporarily closed its Jeju downtown duty free store today (3 February) as the Coronavirus outbreak intensifies.

The decision was taken after a Chinese customer who visited the store on 23 January and later returned to Yangzhou, was confirmed to have the virus. As a result, Lotte closed the Jeju store to prevent the virus from spreading and to protect staff and customers.

Additional quarantine work is being undertaken while the store is closed. Lotte will decide when to reopen after consulting with the health authorities and Jeju Special Self-Governing Province.

A Lotte statement said: “We decided to close the business quickly and temporarily to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus in Korea.”

As reported, Lotte has formed an emergency response committee chaired by CEO Kap Lee to help protect its customers and employees against the spread of the virus.

Health inspections are taking place at major stores, which are being self-disinfected more than six times a day. Employees and customers are obliged to wear masks.




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