The Ministry of Education has announced that it will conduct inspections on sports venues across the country to make sure they comply with health and safety guidelines set by the Ministry of Health regarding COVID-19 prevention.
According to a statement from the Ministry of Education on Friday, some sports venues have not implemented COVID-19 transmission prevention measures, especially at volleyball venues which have reportedly held matches open for attendance without adhering to virus prevention guidelines.
Secretary of State of Ministry of Education Sar Sokha said that the government has allowed sports activities to continue as long as they are behind closed doors and have the proper measures in place.
“COVID-19 still presents a high risk so it is imperative that any sports activities being conducted follow the guidelines,” he said.
In June, the Ministry of Health said sports activities were allowed to resume without spectators and on the condition that no more than 100 athletes, coaches, technical officials and essential attendees gathered at any one event.
The people present during those activities are also expected to maintain proper hygiene and adhere to social distancing and other strict measures intended to prevent the spread of the virus, the Ministry added.
Chan Samnang, a sports teacher from Russey Keo district, Phnom Penh, said that he has restarted teaching sports since June, however, is only allowing classes of 10 students at a time, in order to adhere to the measures.
“I do not teach many students in one class due to COVID-19. I also don’t allow spectators at any of my classes to curb virus transmission,” he said.
Kheng Samnang, a keen sports enthusiast said that recently, he has seen some large gatherings of people take place in the capital’s parks and on the riverside.
“Some people wear masks and keep their distance, however, some do not, they must adhere to the guidelines set by the ministry as it is important,” he said.