National Police chief Neth Savoeun has instructed his forces to maintain order during the Khmer New Year and only allow family gatherings.
The measures are aimed at ensuring security and preventing the spread of Covid-19.
The April 3 directive instructs the police department, specialised departments under the General Commissariat of National Police, and all provincial police to develop security, order and social safety plans in locations under their command.
The directive said all police institutions must control the situation and prevent all acts of terrorism, crime, attempts at social unrest and other offences by preventing robberies, drug trafficking, gangs, gambling and throwing water in plastic bags that cause danger to people.
“All forces must be ready to contribute to the implementation of the government’s guidelines, relevant professional bodies and the committee combating Covid-19 at all levels,” the directive said.
Savoeun said in the statement that police forces across the country must prevent all mass gatherings, traditional entertainment, and public dance parties in the community.
He stressed that any religious gathering must be banned except for small family gatherings at home.
“We continue to cooperate with local authorities to know the presence and situation of migrant workers returning from overseas in order to further educate and monitor the implementation of the Ministry of Health’s measures in preventing the spread of Covid-19.
“There are rescue measures if there is any suspicious case or infected person with signs of Covid-19,” he said.
Savoeun also suggested cooperation with authorities and relevant institutions at all levels in order to address requests from the National Committee for Combating Covid-19 in a timely manner.
Special attention should also be paid to health centres, referral hospitals, hospitals, and quarantine centres as set by the committee.
Ponhea Leu district police chief Duong Teng in Kandal province told The Post on Sunday that his district had prepared forces on standby to lend a hand to any event during the Khmer New Year celebrations.
“I prepared 30 intervening forces and five people to stand by 24 hours a day at police posts to ease traffic, secure order and prevent unexpected fires.
“As for the issue of gathering, I think people have a lot of understanding. They will not have many gatherings other than with their family members,” he said.