• Expressway Rest Stops To Ban Eating, Drinking During Chuseok
A food counter at a rest stop is closed off to customers to block the spread of the novel coronavirus. 
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Rest stops nationwide will prohibit eating and drinking inside their facilities during the Chuseok holiday to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The ban will be enforced from Friday through Wednesday of next week, September 22, according to the government.

Takeout services will be allowed.

A similar measure was implemented last Chuseok as part of efforts to curb transmission of the virus.

Drivers hitting the roads between Monday and Wednesday will also have to pay expressway toll fees.

Unlike previous years, toll fees will not be waived for the holiday in order to discourage traveling and reduce the movement of people amid the pandemic.

Officials said more temporary coronavirus testing centers will be set up at major rest stops, including in Anseong, Icheon and Hwaseong, to promote public health measures and vigilance against COVID-19.

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