Hit by the fourth wave of the COVID-19 outbreak, South Korea has recently issued a ban on fast gym music in the greater Seoul region. The new rules aim at stopping gym-goers breathing too hard or splashing sweat on others. It bans gyms from playing music with a tempo faster than 120 beats per minute (bpm) during group exercises.
According to AFP, a list of “safe” K-pop songs is circulating online, including supergroup BTS’s No. 1 hit “Dynamite” at 114 bpm. However, singer Psy’s megahit “Gangnam Style” at 132 bpm will have to stay off the workout playlist. Also, the new rules put a maximum 6km an hour speed limit on treadmills. “Are we going to get speeding tickets?” a netizen asked.
In Taiwan, the government has relaxed the restrictions to allow gyms and public sports centers to reopen conditionally since July 13. However, several gyms were forced to suspend operations again for sanitation after confirmed COVID-19 patients visited the venues.
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(Eddy Chang, Taipei Times)
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