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Capital’s red zones gone as restrictions remain in lower-risk areas

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Phnom Penh’s red zones have now disappeared, with yellow zones covering almost the entire capital except for some dots of orange, according to the new map released by the municipal administration on May 19.

Capital’s red zones gone as restrictions remain in lower-risk areas

Phnom Penh’s red zones have now disappeared, with yellow zones covering almost the entire capital except for some dots of orange, according to the new map released by the municipal administration on May 19.

The municipality said the entire city now has only two colour-coded zones – orange for moderate Covid-19 transmission and yellow for low-risk areas.

The administrative measures put in place for yellow zones have been extended for another two weeks through June 2, while the measures for orange zones have been extended for seven days until May 26.

The orange zones are now designated as being some parts of Deum Chan village in Chbar Ampov district’s Chbar Ampov II commune; village 23 in Tuol Kork district’s Boeung Kak II commune; four villages in Por Sen Chey district’s Chom Chao I commune; some parts of Chong Khsach and Bak Touk villages in Russey Keo district’s Tuol Sangke I commune; and some villages in Meanchey district’s Stung Meanchey II and III communes.

The decision said orange zones would remain under lockdown with all restrictive measures announced in the previous orders still applicable.

The yellow zones, however, are no longer under lockdown though health measures must still be enforced.

Phnom Penh municipal hall spokesperson Meth Meas Pheakdey told The Post on May 19 that travel and business activities in yellow and orange zones must comply with the orders issued on May 5.

“What is new for this week is that there are no more red zones because we have retained only orange and yellow zones. The orange zone measures are extended for one week and yellow zone measures are extended for two weeks,” he said.

Pheakdey said that this new decision is an extension of previous measures and the 8pm-3am curfew remains in place.

During the video conference, municipal governor Khuong Sreng warned that the restrictions are not loose and those who violate the travel restrictions and curfew will face legal action.

He said those who violate the measures will have their vehicles impounded, fines imposed and possibly face other legal actions.

Sreng said this should be the final period of restrictions necessary to break the transmission chain but it required the authorities and armed forces to remain vigilant and keep up their work.

On May 14, the municipality extended the closure of state-owned markets and improvised ones – such as those near factories, hospitals or residential areas – from May 15-21.

Sreng said on May 19 that these markets will remain closed for another week.

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