Macau public services scheduled to reopen on 2 March

28 February 2020

All Macau’s public services are scheduled to reopen on 2 March, considering the positive results in combating COVID-19 achieved by the government since the outbreak of the epidemic and the needs of the population.

A statement from the office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Justice, released on Thursday, said, however, that citizens who need to deal with formalities at public services must submit a compulsory health declaration proving they are not experiencing coughing or fever, among other symptoms, under penalty of being refused entry into government departments.

Users of public offices are required to wear a mask if they want access to government premises and are subject to having their body temperature measured.

The decision of the Government of Macau means that around 30,000 civil servants will return to work after public offices closed completely between 10 and 14 February and services were partly resumed starting on 17 February.

The government also announced that from 2 March all entertainment venues and parks can reopen to the public but recommended the use of masks for anyone using these facilities.

The health authorities also issued instructions for those establishments to reduce their usual number of customers by 50% and to ensure a distance of at least one metre between people at entertainment venues, such as cinemas.

Macau’s casinos almost all reopened on 20 February after being closed for 15 days although they are now required to implement special security measures, specifically masks for workers and players and measurement of body temperature.

Macau’s casinos employ around 57,000 people.

The authorities also announced the re-opening of tutoring centres in Macau, but schools and universities remain closed.

The government has said that the situation of schools and universities may return to normality in April.

Macau registered 10 cases of COVID-19 but eight, all of them from Hubei province, have already been discharged from hospital and returned to China.

Macau has not registered any new case of COVID-19 for the last 23 days. (Macauhub)

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