Updated: Covid-19 Lockdown, Red Zones Extended to May 5

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Police checkpoints are monitoring traffic across the country as authorities struggle to enforce a nationwide travel ban to curb the spread of Covid-19 (National Police)

The government has extended Phnom Penh and Takhmao city’s lockdowns until May 5, it announced in a decision issued late Monday.

The 14-page decision, signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen and dated April 26, said the government would “continue to lock down Phnom Penh and Takhmao city in Kandal province geographically to fight against and prevent the spread of Covid for seven more days until May 5.”

“The period of the lockdown can be extended depending on the participation of the people in the lockdown and the development of Covid-19 infections,” the document says.

Additionally, Phnom Penh and Kandal governors will have the power to impose “red,” “orange” and “yellow” zones in their jurisdictions as public health measures. Phnom Penh has already designated parts of three districts as red zones.

Red zones refer to geographical areas where there is a severe outbreak of Covid-19 in the community, while orange is for moderate prevalence, and yellow for mild outbreaks, the document says.

Red Zone:

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.

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 5 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.

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 5 a.m.

Phnom Penh has continued to see high numbers of cases despite the lockdown, recording 2,577 cases in the past week, according to Health Ministry data compiled by VOD.

The World Health Organization on Sunday issued a statement noting the “grim picture” of increasing Covid-19 numbers in Cambodia and worldwide, but said “hope is not lost” and urged that “everyone, everywhere must play their role.”

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