City Hall Announces Further Easing of Red and Orange Zones

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Red-zone barricades along Phnom Penh’s Veng Sreng Blvd. on May 10, 2021. (Michael Dickison/VOD)
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Phnom Penh has further eased lockdown zones, limiting red zones to only parts of eight communes, with the changes to take effect from Thursday.

According to City Hall’s announcement, made Wednesday, a sixth Phnom Penh district, Prek Pnov, will be made completely yellow, in addition to Boeng Keng Kang, Chamkarmon, Chroy Changva, Daun Penh and Sek Sok.

Four other districts — Chbar Ampov, Dangkao, Kambol and Prampi Makara — are almost completely yellow except for small exceptions.

That leaves restrictions largely focused on the four districts of Meanchey, Pur Senchey, Russei Keo and Toul Kork, though many areas there also saw a relaxing of lockdown conditions.

Toul Kork’s Toek La’ak I commune was one of the only areas seeing heightened restrictions, with Village 15 turned orange.

As Phnom Penh continues to see hundreds of new Covid-19 cases daily, the eased lockdown measures remain in place across the city, including a ban on alcohol sales that has already been extended for two weeks.

A vaccination program is currently focusing on garment factory workers and they gradually return to work.

Red Zone Rules

No leaving residences, including for exercise and buying food.
No business activities, including markets. Only Commerce Ministry markets and donations from the government are permitted.
No transport, except for freight and deliveries.
No gatherings.
No alcohol.
Curfew is in place.

Orange Zone

No leaving residences, except for:
  • Commutes.
  • Buying food, groceries and pharmaceuticals. (Up to three times a week.)
  • Medical reasons.
  • Exercise with two or fewer people.
  • Diplomats and journalists.
  • Prior permission from authorities.
No business activities, except for:
  • Markets, grocery stores and restaurants for delivery, as approved by authorities.
  • Pharmacies and other essential services, as approved by authorities.
  • Hotels and guesthouses, with up to 2 percent staffing.
  • Public services and utilities, with up to 2 percent staffing.
  • Factories producing medical equipment or food.
  • Other necessary work as approved by authorities.
No transport, except for:
  • Delivery of food and groceries.
  • Freight.
No gatherings, except for:
  • Family members who live together.
  • Funerals organized with local authorities.
  • Covid-19 testing and other medical activities.
No alcohol.
Curfew remains in place from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Yellow Zone

Travel within the zone is permitted.
Business activities are permitted, except for:
  • Schools.
  • Karaoke clubs, bars and beer gardens.
  • Amusement parks, cinemas, theaters and museums.
  • Gyms, sports centers and massage parlors.
  • Liquor stores.
Only takeaway and delivery are allowed at restaurants.
Transport is permitted.
Gatherings are permitted for up to 10 people. Larger funerals and gatherings for work are also allowed.
No alcohol at gatherings.
Curfew remains in place from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m.

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