The Svay Rieng Provincial Administration has temporarily shut down Veal Yun market in central Svay Rieng town for eight days through September 25 after vendors there tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Provincial governor Men Vibol in a statement on September 17 banned non-essential entry into the market, and obliged vendors to quarantine consistent with Ministry of Health procedures.

The governor also instructed the Svay Rieng town administration to set up a working group to handle the closure, ensure public order and access to general health services at the site – in Svay Rieng commune’s Veal Yun village – and make certain that the proper health measures are taken.

“Any individual who does not comply with this decision will face a penalty as stated in the Covid-19 law and relevant legal instruments,” Vibol warned.

In a related development, newly-appointed Kampong Chhnang provincial governor Sun Sovannarith on September 17 issued an immediate decision authorising Kampong Chhnang Market – or Phsar Leu – and its vicinity to fully reopen.

“The Kampong Chhnang Provincial Administration appeals to all citizens and vendors to continue cooperating with the authorities in passing on and adhering to the health measures put in place by the Ministry of Health,” the announcement said.

Located in Phsar Chhnang commune’s Phsar Leu village of central Kampong Chhnang town, the market was shuttered on September 10 after vendors there tested positive for the coronavirus Delta variant.