9 Nov – Just three months since cinemas in Cambodia resumed operations in early August, film exhibitors in the country have once again been ordered to temporarily close all their locations.
"According to the announcement by the Ministry of Health on 8th November 2020, we will be temporarily closing our cinemas and suspending all screenings and events from now until further notice," Legend Cinema posted on its Facebook.
Similarly, Major Cineplex, Prime Cineplex and Barayandet Cinema also announced that their cinemas will be closed until the pandemic situation in Cambodia is under control.
The latest order to close from the government comes as the country steps up its effort in stopping the spread of COVID-19. This marks the second temporarily closure order, following the previous order that mandated temporary shutdown from 18 March onwards.
Cambodian cinemas reopened several months later on 8 August, after the Ministry of Health had ensured that it was safe for moviegoers to return to cinemas.
As per Worldometers' stats, Cambodia to date records 297 coronavirus cases, of which 288 are recovered patients, and no deaths.
However, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen have been in quarantine since last weekend.
The Prime Minister underwent the coronavirus test following his meeting with Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto, who tested positive for COVID-19 last week. Despite testing negative himself, Prime Minister Hun Sen decided to undergo quarantine and had been posting regular updates on his Facebook regarding it.
(Photo source: Major Cineplex Cambodia's Facebook)