Mask mandates scrapped at tourist sites in four provinces

Tourists visit Phnom Nam Lear Wildlife Sanctuary in Mondulkiri Province. Facebook

Mask requirements have been removed for travel destinations and tourist-oriented business establishments in the provinces of Ratanakkiri, Mondulkiri, Stung Treng and Preah Vihear.

This is in accordance with Notice No. 145 and Circular No. 004, both dated April 12 and issued by the Ministry of Tourism.

The documents made mask-wearing optional in all four provinces, but called on visitors to show a high sense of responsibility and take measures deemed effective against the transmission of the novel coronavirus. He also pointed out that mask restrictions still apply elsewhere in the country.

In particular, the province of Preah Sihanouk, a popular tourist destination during the Khmer New Year, is not included in the exemption, said Deputy Governor Long Dimanche.

He told the Post on April 13 that standard Covid rules will be “strictly enforced” in the Coast Province, including the Ministries of Tourism and Health’s minimum standard operating procedures and other relevant guidelines.

“We are still calling on everyone to stay vigilant, wear face masks regularly, try to keep social distance, even though this year Preah Sihanouk will allow concerts and other popular games.”

According to the deputy governor, as of April 13, all major hotels, guesthouses and resorts on the islands were fully booked. He said that tourists are gradually going there and that provincial authorities are on standby to maintain order and enforce health measures.