Cambodia lifts mask mandate in open public places

Decision seen as a major step in reopening the Southeast Asian country as more vaccines arrive.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has announced that the mask mandate introduced more than a year ago to curb the spread of Covid-19 has been lifted in all open public places as the number of daily confirmed cases nears zero.

In a special message to the nation, Hun Sen said masks should still be warn inside crowded places such as theaters and air-conditioned offices but elsewhere the decision about whether to wear a mask would now be voluntary.

The government recently announced it intended to bolster herd immunity among its population of 16.5 million people with third and fourth booster shots and end the mandatory wearing of masks as part of a gradual reopening of the country.

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