Jo Hye Ryun Denies Joining in a Face-to-Face Church Service During COVID-19


Comedian Jo Hye Ryun has revealed her position on the misunderstanding about the face-to-face church service and her violation of quarantine protocols.


“There is a misunderstanding,” said Jo in a call with OSEN on the 4th. “I was not in a face-to-face worship service, but I went to help film for a contactless worship service. District officials also came to check the number of people and made sure we follow the quarantine protocols.”

On the 3rd, the comedian posted on her Instagram with the caption “Had a service at a beautiful church. Thank you for a blessed week.” As a snap of her and her acquaintances in the church wearing masks was revealed, some pointed out that it was against the COVID-19 quarantine regulations.

However, this was later told to be a misunderstanding. Jo Hye Ryun said on the phone with OSEN, “A pastor I know at a small church was planning a contactless service, but there was no staff. That’s why I went to help.” She added, “The couple who were in the photo with me was there to play the piano and perform for the hymns.”

Jo expressed her apologies for unknowingly causing the misunderstanding. It is reported that she will also post about this on her SNS, and will be more cautious not to create misunderstandings.

Meanwhile, the South Korean government has extended the level 2.5 and 2 social distancing for Seoul Capital Area and non-capital areas, respectively, until the 17th to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In the case of religious facilities, regular worship, masses, and various ceremonies are to be held without human contact.


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