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Tbong Khmum extends alcohol ban, Preah Vihear shuts market amid Covid outbreak

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The Tbong Khmum Provincial Administration has extended its ban on alcohol sales and the suspension of karaoke parlours and other entertainment venues until further notice amid an ongoing outbreak of Covid-19. AFP/Tbong Khmum Administration

Tbong Khmum extends alcohol ban, Preah Vihear shuts market amid Covid outbreak

The Tbong Khmum Provincial Administration has extended its ban on alcohol sales and the suspension of karaoke parlours and other entertainment venues until further notice amid an ongoing outbreak of Covid-19.

According to a letter signed by provincial governor Cheam Chansophorn on July 16, the alcohol ban applies to all state and private markets, mini marts, restaurants, eateries, food stalls and drink shops.

All food and beverage-related businesses are not allowed to let customers dine in and can only accept takeaway orders.

The provincial commerce and tourism departments and local authorities will inspect those venues regularly to ensure compliance with the directive.

“In case of non-compliance, business owners will receive a first warning. If they repeat the offence, administrative action will be taken without any exception,” Chansophorn said.

In Preah Vihear province, the authorities on July 16 decided to suspend the Kampong Pranak market in Preah Vihear town's Kampong Pranak commune for two weeks after some vendors there tested positive for Covid-19.

The provincial administration urged those who had been in contact with vendors at the market to come forward and have their specimens taken for Covid-19 testing.

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