Korean regulations on COVID19 and the receptivity of the public

Among the many ways of dealing with the global pandemic, South Korea has been lauded for its initial response in containing the spread of the virus. With its centralized aggressive tracking and testing policy, combined with non-compulsory measures backed by voluntary compliance, many viewed the Korean model as a balanced approach between respect for personal rights and mandatory regulations. But with the passage of time, amounting fatigue against the many imposed restrictions and their impact on the economy led to an increasing level of discontentment among the people against such policies. Realizing that public cooperation is vital in successfully counteracting the spread of COVID, the Korean government made many adjustments, sometimes at the cost of discarding more effective measures. The research tracks this evolution of government regulations over time and hopes to shed light on the relation between public receptivity and a successful regulatory scheme.