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Mask-wearing mandate lifted in Cambodia

PHNOM PENH POST/ANN – Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen lifted the government-instituted mask-wearing mandate, leaving it to people across the country to decide for themselves.

Mask-wearing requirements, however, still apply to enclosed settings such as air-conditioned offices, meeting rooms or movie theatres.

The premier made the announcement, effectively immediately, in a special audio address to  the nation.

“From the time you receive this audio message, you can decide for yourself whether to continue wearing mask in open space or not,” he said.

At public gardens or parks and tourist attractions or recreational areas, mask-wearing is also optional.

People in certain areas – such as crowded places or where there are suspected cases of Covid-19 – are “encouraged” but not required to wear mask.

Hun Sen reiterated his call for the public to get vaccinated against Covid-19, at least with a third dose which is now compulsory.

Meanwhile, the Cambodian Ministry of Health yesterday reported two new Omicron community case, with five recoveries and no new deaths.

As of yesterday, Cambodia had recorded a total of 136,262 Covid-19 cases with 133,177 recoveries and 3,056 fatalities.

Mask-wearing is optional at public gardens or parks and tourist attractions or recreational areas, the Cambodian government announced. PHOTO: PHNOM PENH POST/ANN
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