8 Aug – After 3 and a half months of closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic, cinemas in Cambodia are finally allowed to reopen.
The announcement was made on Thursday, 6 August by the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts (MCFA) in a press 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," said the statement.
According to the Khmer Times, earlier this week the Ministry of Health had inspected cinemas in Cambodia to make sure ample safety measures were in place.
Cinema exhibitors had to apply for a reopening license and also sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the MCFA on the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) as part of the reopening conditions. Having been closed since 18 of March 2020, cinema players Legend Cinema, Major Cineplex, Prime Cineplex and Sarayandet Cinema are all expected to reopen today, 7 August 2020.
At the time of writing, Legend Cinemas and Prime Cineplex have their showtimes published, with movie offerings such as "Happy Old Year", "The Last Smile" and reruns of "Train to Busan".
According to Ministry of Health, to date the kingdom has recorded a total of 243 confirmed cases with 210 patients cured and 33 still in hospital.