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Public health and safety marked as top priorities for the holidays

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PHNOM Penh, along with Ratanakiri and Kampot provinces, have already set in place virus prevention measures to protect tourists and the general public during the upcoming substitute Khmer New Year holidays.

Ratanakiri provincial hall spokesman Neang Sam Arth told Khmer Times yesterday that all district authorities have been ordered to tighten security and ensure public order at their respective local levels during the holidays.

Sam Arth said that the special provincial department will be inspecting businesses to check whether they have implemented virus control measures.

He also added that at each provincial entrance roads, authorities will be posted to check temperatures, spray sanitizers and inspect tourists before entering. There will also be quarantine centres on standby should they be needed, he said.

Meanwhile, Kampot provincial administration director Vith Vathana said yesterday that provincial administrations would see to it that the prevention guidelines of the Ministry of Health are observed by establishments, especially restaurants and entertainment sites.

He also said preparations to maintain security and public order had already been made, especially to prevent traffic congestion on the provincial bridges.

“We continue to educate the people about COVID-19. The existing seven quarantine centres are still maintained, four of which are at referral hospitals. One is at a high school, another one is at pedagogy school and the last one is at a private guesthouse,” he said.

“At each of the tourism sites or entertainment areas, the owners are required to scan tourists’ temperature, get them to wear face masks and wash their hands before entering. If a person’s temperature is over 38 degrees Celsius, they will not be allowed to enter and may be placed into quarantine,” Vathana said.

According to Phnom Penh City Hall spokesman Met Meas Pheakdey, security and COVID-19 measures will be updated as the country moves nearer to the substitute Khmer New Year Day. In the meantime, Meas Pheakdey said the authorities are still practising the measures specified by the Health Ministry.

“The public must maintain strict hygiene levels by using soap to wash their hands, alcohol sanitisers, refraining from touching their nose, mouth or eyes and wearing face masks. Business establishments also have to enforce social distancing and temperature checks and install hand cleaning stations to prevent transmission,” he said.


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