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Phnom Penh’s “High Risk” Businesses Remain Closed

Phnom Penh: The Phnom Penh Municipal Administration has extended the city’s Covid-19 administrative measures, “until further notice”. They were first extended for 14 days on the night of the 2nd of June but will continue until a new decision is made. This will be dependent on Phnom Penh’s success in containing the latest outbreaks at factories, the pace of its vaccine roll-out, as well as on everyone’s adherence to safety measures.

The affected businesses are those that have not yet been allowed to reopen since the Law on Preventative Measures for Covid-19 came into effect in April. These are schools, vocational training centres, nightclubs, bars and beer gardens, KTVs, museums, massage parlours, casinos, cinemas and gyms. Most of them have been closed since March and had been hoping to reopen this week, but city officials say it’s not yet safe to do so.

There are still orange zones in place in parts of Por Senchey and health officials are scrambling to contain outbreaks at the city’s factories. Phnom Penh Governor Khuong Sreng has already urged the city’s 14 districts to tighten up preventative measures, saying cases have not decreased sufficiently enough.

The capital is on track to be fully vaccinated by the 8th of July. A full reopening of all businesses is unlikely before then.

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