Authorities guard a roadblock at Phnom Penh’s Stung Meanchey II commune on April 10, 2021. (Chorn Chanren/VOD)

In Phnom Penh, Tightened Restrictions Reflect Vigilance Against Delta

Commune authorities said on Thursday they would ban dining in at restaurants but allow alcohol sales for drinking at home, as a Phnom Penh councilor explained the need for heightened vigilance against the looming Covid-19 Delta variant despite a lull in local infections.

Kampot Imposes Curfew in Fear of Covid-19 Spread From Casino

Kampot has imposed a province-wide curfew and ban on alcohol sales after more than 200 Covid-19 cases were found at a casino along the Vietnamese border, with an official saying there were fears that visitors who were in potential contact had spread across the province.

A barrier blocking a street into the Toul Svay Prey I "orange zone" in Phnom Penh on May 1, 2021. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Phnom Penh Down to Two Orange Zones Where Covid-19 Has Surged

Phnom Penh City Hall has designated parts of two villages in Pur Senchey and Russei Keo districts as “orange zones,” shutting down travel and businesses in a return to restrictions for a factory area and a dense urban neighborhood.

A customer at Boeng Keng Kang market scans the Stop Covid-19 QR code before entering during a limited reopening on May 24, 2021. (Tran Techseng/VOD)

Markets Reopen Slowly as Covid-19 Fears Persist

Some vendors spent Monday cleaning their stalls in anticipation of opening for sales on Tuesday, but amid persistent Covid-19 fears as well as precautions — which restrict reopenings to only sellers of essential foodstuffs — the return of market activity was a trickle rather than a rush.

People walk near Independence Monument in Phnom Penh on March 26, 2020. (Matt Surrusco/VOD)

Red Zones Lifted as Capital’s Covid-19 Cases Dip

Phnom Penh’s “red zones,” the areas of the capital with the most restrictive Covid-19 lockdown measures, were removed effective Thursday, leaving most of the city in yellow-designated areas with about a dozen “orange” pockets remaining.

Phnom Penh Lockdown Guide

Your guide to Phnom Penh’s Covid-19 red, orange and yellow zones, lockdown rules by zone and which communes fall in which zones.

A vegetable vendor stops her bike in front of a Covid-19 restricted zone gate along Phnom Penh's Veng Sreng Blvd on May 11, 2021. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Government Reinstates Promise of Red-Zone Cash for Neediest

The government has renewed its promise to give cash aid to low-income people living in the capital’s most restrictive “red zone” lockdown areas, of about $39 to $78 for families and $40 to garment workers, following a string of protests over livelihoods.