In order to contain the spread of COVID-19, the Cambodian government on March 31 announced a new sub-decree which provides provincial governments broad authorities to impose curfews as well as restrictions on travel, gatherings, and business operations.
Pursuant to this sub-decree, on April 1 the Phnom Penh government imposed a daily curfew from 8:00 pm to 5:00 am effective immediately for a two-week period, through April 14. The curfew suspends in-person restaurant and food stall service and forbids most types of gatherings and travel within the city during curfew hours.
Exceptions to restrictions during curfew hours include the following:
- Travel for emergency medical need;
- Gatherings with family members;
- Travel for work for those businesses permitted to remain open.
Individuals who violate these curfew measures may be subject to punishment in accordance with recent laws implemented to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Other municipal and provincial governments may implement their own restrictions based on the expanded powers granted under the sub-decree.
Given the fluid nature of the situation, increasing health risks countrywide, and the broad authority of provincial officials to impose restrictions without advance notice, American citizens are advised to closely monitor any announcements by local governments regarding details about travel restrictions, curfews, and other measures related to the outbreak response.