First volleyball game after lifting the obligation to wear masks indoors… various events
Anxious stare, “I’ll wear a mask for now”
“It’s Kiss Time, back after 3 years! Show your passionate love.
V-League professional volleyball men’s division Woori Card and KB Insurance held a match on the 31st at the Jangchung Gymnasium in Seoul.
Woori Card cheerleader Kim Jeong-seok shouted as he pointed to the electronic display board in the stadium during the action time for the 3rd set.
A man and a woman in their 20s were pondering on the display table hesitating as if they were awkward, then smiling broadly and kissing.
Then, a couple in their 60s caught on screen kissing on the cheek, received a standing ovation from the audience.
Director Kim said, “Now I can see your bright smile.
It’s a very happy moment.”
This day’s match was the first chapter of professional volleyball, which took place after the obligation to wear masks indoors disappeared.
The government’s Central Defense Countermeasures Headquarters designated the obligation to wear a mask indoors as the first step on the 30th, and the Korea Volleyball Federation (KOVO) changed the mask obligation to a recommendation.
On this day, the spectators who visited the Jangchung Gym freely enjoyed the ‘post-mask’ era by cheering loudly without wearing masks.
The club also held various events related to the lifting of the obligation to wear a mask.
The home team, Woori Card, boosted the mood with Kiss Time and an unmasked self-camera photo competition for the crowd.
Cheerleaders also took off their masks and cheered with bright expressions for the first time in three years since January 2020, before the new coronavirus infection pandemic (Corona 19).
However, many viewers were wary of lifting the mandatory requirement to wear masks indoors.
Kim Seung-bin, a volleyball fan in his 20s who visited the stadium with his girlfriend that day, said, “I’m still cautious,” and said, “For now, I plan wearing a mask like today.”
In fact, about half of the fans who visited Jangchung Gymnasium watched the game wearing masks.
The same was true of team officials, including the coaches of both teams, and match management staff.
Referee Choi Jae-hyo and other referees and scorers all wore masks and played the game.
Woori Card coach Shin Yeong-cheol, who ordered wearing a mask, said before the game that day, “It’s inconvenient to wear a mask, but we still have to pay attention to quarantine.”
Director Shin was also confirmed with Corona 19 in the middle of this month.
Director Hu In-jung also said, “I don’t feel uncomfortable wearing a mask,” and said, “I plan to continue wearing a mask for now.”
KOVO and all clubs plan to hold various events for the spectators to enjoy the no-mask era while maintaining quarantine measures for those involved in the court, such as strongly recommending that operating staff wear masks for the time being .