Thanks to Jelly for her comments in the last post for the information. The English pop-up reads, in part:
Due to the fast increase in no. of H1N1 postive recently reported by Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Ministry of Public Administration and Security released operational procedure for festivals and events organized by the local authorities as of 3rd September that it is advised to cancel or postpone festivals and events attract more than 1,000 people at a time and run more than 2 days.
To take the recommendation from the Central Government, Ulsan Metropolitan City has announced to cancel the entire Cheoyong Culture Festival-2009 Ulsan World Music Festival (9th-11th October).
As far as I can tell, that policy was first made public in English by Lee Cham, the head of the Korean Tourism Organization, in a September 14th Korea Times article. Though Puffin_Watch, another commenter on yesterday's post, could be right, and the H1N1 scare could be an excuse for organizers to shut down smaller festivals that didn't expect to turn a profit. After all, you're about just as likely to get the flu in any large gathering of people, so why aren't they cancelling Home Plus or Insadong?
As an aside, you'll see I added a feature that shows the last ten comments on this site, if you'd like to follow what people are talking about. So if you're bored today you can do that, or read about "funny H1N1 flu stories" like those shared here by commenters or on this Dave's thread:
My friend went to Thailand for summer vacation. Upon his return he was given a 3 day quarantine period by his principal. During the 3 days he was supposed to watch videos at home and make question sheets and tests for the teachers to use in class. Well, the principal didn't trust him to do the work at home, so she told him he had to come to school and do the work in one of the classsrooms. Then, while he was at the school working on these resources, he noticed one of the Korean teachers was there teaching her classes. He thought this was odd because he had seen her in Thailand when he was on vacation. He asked the principal why he had a "quarantine" and she did not need one. The answer; because she is Korean and ate Kimchi on her vacation, she can not be sick.