The National Assembly is in Yeouido, southwestern Seoul. The parliament consists of three major structures including the main hall shown above with the Members' Office Building on the left and the Library on the right (omitted). (Yonhap)
The National Assembly and its separate Members' Office Building were placed under quarantine at 6 p.m. Monday, after a person infected with COVID 19 was found to have taken part in a roundtable event at the Office Building last week.
Health authorities disinfected the two buildings and sealed them off for the 24-hour quarantine, after which the parliament will convene Wednesday to discuss pending issues. During the lockdown, essential personnel will stay at the premises, but no visitors will be allowed.
After Wednesday, the parliament’s other subsidiary buildings, including its library, will be disinfected, the parliament spokesperson said.
Prior to the quarantine, Speaker Moon Hee-sang initially suspended parliamentary activity Monday, as Floor Leader Shim Jae-cheol of the main opposition United Future Party, his aides and every participant at the meeting last week had to undergo virus tests after one participant tested positive.
The plenary session was called off, and offices as well as corridors suspected of contamination were shut down.
“As far as I recall, this is the first time the parliament has shut down and been put under quarantine,” the parliament spokesperson said.
By Choi Si-young (firstname.lastname@example.org