Casinos in Macau authorised to reopen from 20 February

18 February 2020

The Macau government announced on Monday that from 20 February the 39 casinos in Macau can start operating once again.

The Secretary for Economy and Finance Lei Wai Nong said at a press conference that the operators have 30 days to open the casinos gradually.

However, theatres, cinemas, bars, saunas, video game rooms, internet cafés, beauty salons, gyms, dance halls, karaoke venues and cabarets will remain closed.

Casinos in Macau closed on 5 February as part of a government measure aimed at reducing crowds of people and, thus, preventing the spread of Covid-19.

Lei said that the decision was made because there are more than 80,000 workers in the sector who need to ensure their livelihood.

During the press conference, the Secretary for Administration and Justice, André Cheong also announced new measures to strengthen the fight against the virus in Macau.

Thus, from 20 February if non-resident workers who have been in Mainland China want to return to Macau will have to stay in quarantine in the neighbouring municipality of Zhuhai and only after obtaining a medical certificate stating that they do not have the virus can they enter Macau.

André Cheong Weng Chon admitted that other measures may be implemented, particularly requiring that all Macau residents who have been in Mainland China and return to the territory are quarantined.

Approximately 50% of workers in Macau are non-residents, and more than 11,000 live in Zhuhai and cross the border with the neighbouring municipality twice per day.

The number of tourists who cross the border from Macau on a daily basis fell 90% in the last few weeks and currently stands at just 2,800, of which 1,400 are from Mainland China.

Guangdong province, where Macau is located, has recorded 1,322 cases of Covid-19 with four deaths, the municipality of Zhuhai, bordering Macau, has 98 cases without fatalities and in Hong Kong there have been 60 cases with one death.

Macau has 10 cases, five of whom have already been discharged, there were no deaths and for 13 consecutive days there have been no new cases of Covid-19 reported. (macauhub)