Mask Mandate Removed Across the Country When Outdoors

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Prime Minister Hun Sen at a vaccine event in Phnom Penh’s Peace Palace on Monday. (Hun Sen’s Facebook page)
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Masks are no longer required when outside in all parts of the country, Prime Minister Hun Sen announced on Tuesday morning.

In an audio message he posted to his Facebook page, Hun Sen said the decision was made based on a report he received following a meeting among officials.

There would no longer be the requirement to wear a mask in public areas and open spaces, and people can make their own decision whether to wear masks there, he said.

“So it means that after brothers and sisters have received this voice message, brothers and sisters can make the decision by themselves whether to continue wearing masks or stop wearing masks in open spaces,” he said.

However, people should continue to wear masks in closed indoor areas, Hun Sen said.

“By closed-door area, I mean a meeting room that is tightly closed using air conditioning, or inside a cinema where people are in there closed tightly with air conditioning,” he said.

Hun Sen added open areas even in buildings can be left to choice whether to wear a mask. He listed public streets, public spaces, gardens and other entertainment areas as other areas where masks are no longer required.

Before the announcement, four provinces had already had their mask mandates removed. Hun Sen suggested the change to remove mask requirements across the country during a speech on Monday.

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