The government’s announcement that KTVs and clubs may reopen as restaurants amid the Covid-19 outbreak is not helping employees of the entertainment industry, as a vast majority have remained unemployed since March with no government support, according to a union leader.
The Ministry of Tourism issued a directive in mid-March ordering entertainment venues to close for the foreseeable future to discourage large gatherings of people. Prime Minister Hun Sen then said in a speech on July 3 that KTV and nightclub operators would be allowed to reopen as restaurants to provide jobs for their former employees.
Ou Tepphallin, president of the Cambodian Food and Service Workers Federation (CFSWF), said that although some KTVs had begun to operate as restaurants, the measure had only benefited a very small number of workers.
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