Cambodia allows cinemas, arts performing venues to reopen after COVID-19 brought under control

August 7, 2020

Cambodia decided Thursday to allow all cinemas and arts performing facilities across the kingdom to reopen following the temporary shutdown in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, said a Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts (MCFA) statement.

"To ease economic hardship as well as to encourage artists, producers, traders, cinema owners and arts performing venue owners to conserve and uplift national culture and arts, the government allows in principle to reopen the cinemas and arts performing venues," the statement said.

However, the owners must apply for a reopening license and sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the MCFA on the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at their establishments, it added.

In June, the Southeast Asian country also allowed the reopening of all museums.

Cambodia has seen success in controlling the spread of the COVID-19. According to the Ministry of Health, the kingdom has recorded a total of 243 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date, with 210 patients cured and 33 remained in hospital.