Khmer New Year 2.0

This year, because Khmer New Year fell in mid April when COVID-19 was becoming established in Cambodia, the days off for the holiday were postponed until this week, August 17-21. All the formal celebrations at the palace and by the government went ahead in April, without public participation, but everyone was told to go ahead and work those days and they would receive five days off now, instead of the three days off then. Now we are in the middle of the nine days off (counting the weekends). This is a photo of a family waiting to head to the provinces for the holidays. Everyone is wondering what this is going to mean for COVID-19 with millions of people traveling back and forth across the country.