Altira Macau hotel, in Taipa, closes for the safety of guests and staff

11 February 2020

The Altira Macau hotel, in Taipa, temporarily closed on Monday in order to reduce the possibility of propagating the coronavirus outbreak in the territory.

A statement from Melco Resorts & Entertainment Limited, owner of the hotel, mentioned that the closure is intended to ensure the safety of the guests and other customers.

The Altira Macau, considered as a 6-star hotel, has 38 floors, 216 rooms and a casino.

In the past few days seven other hotels have closed in Macau for commercial and safety reasons, including the Four Seasons, St. Regis, Conrad, Sofitel Ponte 16, Rocks, Legend Palace and Grand Harbour.

The hotels that have closed have a total of around 3,300 rooms.

In the last few days 15 two-star hotels and several bed and breakfast establishments have also closed, with a total of 364 rooms, due to a lack of guests.

In recent weeks, due to measures taken by the Government of Macau and by Beijing to suspend the issuing of visas for Macau, the number of tourists from Mainland China has dropped dramatically.

Of the 22,000 people who crossed the Macau border on Sunday, only 4,000 were tourists. The rest were Macau residents and non-resident workers living in the neighbouring municipality of Zhuhai.

For the seventh consecutive day, there have been no new cases of coronavirus infection in Macau, although the measures determined by the government to combat the epidemic remain in place: public services closed, schools and universities closed, closed casinos, entertainment establishments suspended and calls for residents, wherever possible, to remain at home and avoid crowds of people.

Macau has registered 10 cases of coronavirus since the beginning of the epidemic, but one of the patients has already been discharged from hospital and nine others are in significant recovery and may be discharged in the next few days. (macauhub)