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BREAKING NEWS: Phnom Penh Markets Reopen, Other Businesses on Tenterhooks

Phnom Penh: It’s the first full day of trading for all businesses within state-run markets in Phnom Penh since the lockdown began in early April. The Phnom Penh Capital Administration announced on Monday night that all market businesses could resume normal operations from Tuesday. Up until now, only food sellers had been allowed to open.

While it is “all systems go” at state-run markets, other businesses in the capital are waiting with baited breath. The extended administrative measures are due to expire on Wednesday.

In fully reopening state-run markets from Tuesday, Phnom Penh Governor Mr. Khuong Sreng, warned that all health safety measures must be respected. The capital’s Department of Commerce, and all 14 District Administrations, will carry out inspections to ensure this is being done, if not, those markets will be forced to close.

Other high-risk businesses across the capital are hoping they’ll be allowed to reopen this week. Cinemas, massage parlours, museums, schools and fitness centres have all been closed since early March. They were hoping to reopen on 2 June, but their closure was extended by another 14 days, which expires on Wednesday. An announcement on the status of the administrative measures is expected within the next 24 hours.


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