Agencies for Cha Eun Woo, Jungkook, Mingyu, and Jaehyun Issue Apology After Idols Ignored Social Distancing Orders

On May 18th, Dispatch revealed the names of the 4 idols that went to Itaewon for an outing despite orders for all Koreans to maintain social distancing practices.

The news outlet reported that Cha Eun Woo, JungKook, Mingyu, and Jaehyun spent the night out on April 25th in Itaewon, an area where there has been a resurgence of coronavirus cases. The idols apparently went to a restaurant and continued the night by going to two bars, saying out until dawn.

The order to avoid entertainment businesses in Itaewon came after a patient who tested positive went to bars and restaurant in the neighborhood on May 2. The patient tested positive on May 6. After this incident and the surge in cases started being noticed,  the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters (CDSCHQ) requested that anyone who visited the area between April 24 and May 6 remain home in order to prevent the disease from spreading.

Unfortunately, it looks like Cha Eun Woo and Jaehyun have not been staying at home since the Itaewon outing. Cha Eun Woo has been out on all the promotional activities for ASTRO’s comeback, and Jaehyun has been MCing on Inkigayo.

All the idols have been tested and all their results are negative. However, all their agencies have released official statements to acknowledge that the report is true but that they did not visit the problem area where the cases were discovered. They also apologized on behalf of their respective artists.

All the agencies expressed that their idols are very remorseful for their actions. Click on the following links for the sources for the respective statements: (1)(2)(3)(4)

Let me know in the comments how you guys feel about this news!


  1. If I were the idols I would be like I don’t want to apologize for that. Honestly they are just making a big deal out of something small in my opinion. But that’s just my opinion and reaction.

  2. They were not ignoring the Social Distancing Order. They are allowed to go out and eat and drink. Some koreans also said that social distancing in their place is lax since there are no new cases. The order was again placed after an outbreak happened one week after their visit to Itaewon. And yeah, they already went to get some test and came back negative. Please stop spreading false information.

  3. I think people are not over reacting. Covid 19 causes death and they could have been spreading the virus who knows. Everyone in the world is affected. Just because they are idols they do not have separate rules.

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