The F-16 Falcon fighter plane takes off from the tarmac of Osan Air Base (Yonhap)
A dance party was held at one of the American Forces Korea (USFK) bases in South Korea last week, where attendees reportedly drank alcohol and danced without wearing masks while ignoring distancing rules social amid the pandemic, sources said on Monday.
The party took place on Saturday at a club at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, some 70 kilometers south of Seoul, the sources said. Images obtained by the Yonhap News Agency show dozens of people dancing side by side without wearing face masks.
The incident came as South Korea experienced the fourth wave of COVID-19 and the country implemented the highest level of the social distancing program for the greater Seoul area since mid-July.
The USFK has also reported a series of confirmed cases among its staff. At least 35 members stationed at Osan Base have been infected with the virus so far this month, according to statistics compiled by the U.S. military.
South Korea and the United States have also implemented strict anti-virus measures for the military, as they have been hosting the main combined exercise since last week. The summer exercise is due to end on Thursday.
“The USFK is aware of a suspected event at the facility at Osan Air Base and is gathering all relevant facts and information surrounding this alleged incident,” said USFK spokesman Col. Lee Peters, in a statement.
The USFK has often been criticized for similar incidents. Last year, the US military apologized for the maskless dance parties at Osan Base and nearby Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek amid the pandemic. (Yonhap)