Talk of ending indoor mask mandate gains momentum

When will people no longer have to wear masks inside? This is the next question for Korea after two years of the pandemic.

The move isn't a good idea, say health officials, because the number of new cases each day doesn't seem to be going down soon.

But that hasn't stopped some people in power from bringing up the idea of ending the ban on masks inside.

During a briefing on Friday, professor Jung Ki-suk, who leads the government's COVID-19 special response team, said,

"We would like to start talking about how to move from the current COVID-19 emergency system to a more normal one."  

In Korea, everyone has to wear a mask indoors and outdoors starting in October 2020.