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A shopper selects vegetables at a street market stall near Phnom Penh's Olympic Market ahead of the two-week citywide market shutdown on April 24, 2021. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Phnom Penh Public Markets Allowed to Reopen All Stalls

Public markets have been allowed to reopen all stalls — not only essential items — in a late-night announcement by Phnom Penh City Hall, as shoppers on Tuesday welcomed a return to relatively normal routines.

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.

Market-Stall Rents Vex Vendors, Governor Advises They Defer Paying

The question of reducing rents for spaces at closed-down markets is stalled amid an ongoing surge of Covid-19 cases, with the Phnom Penh governor telling vendors to hold off on paying until the outbreak is stopped and authorities can negotiate with owners.

Lettuce Rots as Markets Shut Down, Farmers Say

Some vegetable growers in Kandal province say their produce is rotting in their fields as Phnom Penh markets are shut down for the Covid-19 lockdown and traders face a crackdown by continuing to sell in violation of public health measures.

Deum Ampil market in Phnom Penh’s Boeng Keng Kang district on April 19, 2021, in a photo posted to Facebook by the Health Ministry.

Vegetable Sales Shift, Go Underground as Over a Dozen Markets Shut Down

Vegetable sales in Stung Meanchey, now declared a “red zone,” was happening secretly in houses, sellers said, while a commune chief said he was cracking down on the 60 Meter wholesale trade, confiscating carts and taking “serious action” to prevent public disorder.