City Hall Confirms Red, Orange and Yellow Zones in Phnom Penh

A policemen stand guard next the barricade on a street in Phnom Penh on April 27. Photo by Ou Sokmean
  • Phoung Vantha and Gerald Flynn
  • April 27, 2021 2:24 PM

While the lockdown appears to be easing up, there remain more than 7,000 active cases—some 3,200 of which do not have hospital beds or access to healthcare due to the volume of COVID-19 cases.

PHNOM PENH--Following a tumultuous 11 days of lockdown in the Cambodian capital, the government has clarified and rewritten the restrictions for the locked-down population. These are the latest lockdown rules that are applicable from April 29 until May 5, but the ban on the sale of alcohol remains in place until May 8.

According to the newest guidelines available, the city is divided into red, orange and yellow zones, depending on the risk of COVID-19 infections and the severity of outbreaks within these parts of the city.

Red Zones

Red zones have now been confirmed after a day of calamity following speculation and a leaked list of zone designations from the Ministry of Information.

  1. Touk Kork District: Sangkat Boeung Salang (Village 14, Village 16 and Village 17)

  2. Dangkor District:  Sangkat Prey Sar (Prakar village) and Sangkat Dangkor (Mol village, Thmey village and Sambo village)

  3. Meanchey District: including Sangkat Steung Meanchey I, Sangkat Steung Meanchey II, Sangkat Steung Meanchey III and Sangkat Boeung Tumpun I

  4. Russey Keo District: Sangkat Toul Sangke I

  5. Por Sen Chey District: Sangkat Choam Chao I.

Inside these newly listed red zones, movement beyond the house is prohibited, barring medical emergencies. It is not immediately clear whether residents living in red zones will be able to leave for vaccination against COVID-19, but earlier revisions to the restrictions suggested that vaccinations will be mandatory for everyone living in lockdown.

Phnom Penh is divided into red, orange and yellow zones. Photo Phnom Penh City Hall. 

All business activities in red zones are also prohibited according to City Hall, including markets, but also gatherings of people—especially gatherings involving alcohol—are banned.

Orange Zones

Meanwhile the city’s newly introduced orange zones include the following:

  1. Chamkarmon District: Sangkat Toul Tum Poung II, Sangkat Boeung Trabek and Sangkat Tonle Bassac (Village 9 and Village 16

  2. Daun Penh District: Sangkat Phsar Kandal I, Sangkat Phsar Kandal II and Sangkat Phsar Chas

  3. 7 Makara District: Sangkat Or Russey I, Sangkat Or Russey II, Sangkat Or Russey III, Sangkat Veal Vong and Sangkat Boeung Prolit (Village 4, Village 5 and Village 6)

  4. Toul Kork District: Sangkat Phsar Doeum Kor and Sangkat Boeung Salang (except for villages 14, 16 and 17)

  5. Dangkor District: Sangkat Prey Sar (except Prakar village) and Sangkat Dangkor (except Mol village, Thmey village and Sambour village)

  6. Meanchey District: Sangkat Chak Angre Leu, Sangkat Chak Angre Krom and Sangkat Boeung Tumpun II

  7. Russey Keo District: Sangkat Kilometer 6, Sangkat Russey Keo, Sangkat Chrang Chamres I and Sangkat Chrang Chamres II

  8. Sen Sok District: Sangkat Teuk Thla, Sangkat O Bek Kam and Sangkat Koul Khleang

  9. Por Sen Chey District: Sangkat Choam Chao II, Sangkat Choam Chao III and Sangkat Kakap I

  10. Chroy Changva District: Sangkat Chroy Changva and Sangkat Prek Leap

  11. Preaek Phnov District: Sangkat Prek Phnov (Prek Phnov village, Kandal village, Phsar Lech village and Mongkul village), Sangkat Ponhea Pun (Thom Tbong village) and Sangkat Kouk Roka (Kouk Roka village, Andoung village, Khmer Leu village, Putrea village, Trapeang Por village and Phlu Paem village).

  12. Chbar Ampov District: Sangkat Chbar Ampov I, Sangkat Chbar Ampov II, Sangkat Prek Pra and Sangkat Niroth

  13. Boeng Keng Kang District: Sangkat Boeung Keng Kang III and Sangkat Svay Prey I

  14. Kamboul District: Sangkat  Kantaok (Kan Touk Cherng village) and Sangkat  Snao.

Inside the orange zones, residents may leave their homes, but only when necessary—for shopping and medical emergencies. Business activities not declared essential by the government remain banned, as does gatherings or the reopening of markets. Grocery stores and restaurants that offer takeout services are permitted, but dining in is not.

However, residents in the orange zones will be able to leave their homes, but only within the existing curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. and it remains unclear based on currently available information whether residents in the orange zone can visit red or yellow zones.

Yellow Zones

The city’s yellow zones include:

  1. Chamkarmon District: Sangkat Toul Tompoung I, Sangkat Phsar Doeum Thkov and Sangkat Tonle Bassac (except for villages 9 and 16)

  2. Daun Penh District: Sangkat Phsar Thmei I, Sangkat Phsar Thmei II, Sangkat Phsar Thmey III, Sangkat Boeung Reang, Sangkat Chaktomuk, Sangkat Chey Chumneas, Sangkat Srah Chak and Sangkat Wat Phnom

  3. 7 Makara District: Sangkat O'russey  IV, Sangkat Monorom, Sangkat Mittapheap and Sangkat Boeung Prolit (except for Village 4, Village 5 and Village 6)

  4. Toul Kork District: Sangkat Phsar Depo I, Sangkat Phsar Depo II, Sangkat Phsar Depo III, Sangkat Teuk Laak I, Sangkat Teuk Laak II, Sangkat Teuk Laak III, Sangkat Boeung Kak I I and Sangkat Boeung Kak II

  5. Dangkor District: Sangkat Pong Teuk, Sangkat Prey Veng, Sangkat Kraing Pong, Sangkat Sak Sampov, Sangkat Cheung Ek, Sangkat Kong Noy, Sangkat Prek Kampus, Sangkat Rolous, Sangkat Spean Thmor and Sangkat Tien

  6. Russey Keo District: Sangkat Svay Pak and Sangkat Toul Sangke II

  7. Sen Sok District: Sangkat Phnom Penh Thmey, Sangkat Khmuonh and Sangkat Krang Thnong

  8. Pou Sen Chey District: Sangkat Trapeang Krasang, Sangkat Samrong Krom and Sangkat Kakap II

  9. Chroy Changva District: Sangkat Prey Ta Sek, Sangkat Koh Dach and Sangkat Bak Kheng

  10. Preaek Phnov District: Sangkat Samrong, Sangkat Ponsang, Sangkat Preaek Phnov (except Prek Phnov village, Kandal village, Phsar Lech village and Po Mongkul village), Sangkat Ponhea Pon (except Thom Tbong village) and Sangkat Kork Roka (except Kork Roka village, Andong village, Khmer Leu village, Putra village, Trapeang Po village and village Sweet plum)

  11. Chbar Ampov District: Sangkat Veal Sbov, Sangkat Prek Eang, Sangkat Kbal Koh, Sangkat Prek Thmey and Sangkat Niroth (Borey Peng Huoth, Boeung Snor)

  12. Boeung Keng Kang District: Sangkat Boeung Keng Kang I, Sangkat Boeung Keng Kang II, Sangkat Olympic, Sangkat Tumnup Teuk and Sangkat Toul Svay Prey II

  13. Kambol District: Sangkat Kambol, Sangkat Or Lok, Sangkat Pleung Cheh Roret, Sangkat Boeung Thom, Sangkat Preah Lang, Sangkat Kantouk (except Kantouk Cheung village) and Snour commune (except Toul Leap village).

Throughout the yellow zones, residents will enjoy the most amount of freedom during this outbreak, although schools remain closed—both public and private—as do entertainment sites and tourism sites such as museums.

Gatherings are limited to 10 people and may not involve alcohol, but travel within the yellow zones appears to be more relaxed and all business activities are able to resume, as are funerals and other household gatherings with family members, but the curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. must remain in place.

The government has stressed that these rules will be enforced from April 29, after the initial 2-week lockdown of the city ends, until May 5, but may well be extended beyond this. Similarly, the sale of alcohol throughout red, orange and yellow zones is prohibited.

There is every chance that, given the continuously rising cases of COVID-19, that the government’s ever-shifting set of rules will change and it appears likely that further extensions of zones and rules will be applied.

This concludes the latest chaotic update from Cambodia’s government in response to the COVID-19 outbreak that has so far killed—officially—82 people and seen Cambodia’s total number of cases to 11,063.

While it appears the lockdown is easing up, there remain 7,270 active cases, of which 3,254 have no hospital bed due to the over-stretched public healthcare system in Cambodia.

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