Macau (MNA) – The Macau Health Bureau (SS) announced that with one month to go until the enforcement of new smoking regulations in casinos, it has approved 252 of 404 requests for smoking lounges licenses made.
The authorised smoking lounges were located in 17 casinos at the following properties: Ponte 16, City of Dreams, Studio City, Macau, The Venetian, Sands, Broadway, Casino Fortuna, Wynn Macau, Altira, Galaxy Macau, StarWorld, Landmark, Emperor Palace Casino, Casino Babylon, Casino Casa Real, Casino Plaza and Wynn Palace.
New smoking regulations were enforced on January 1 of this year, with casinos given one year to adhere to new requirements.
After the full enactment of the smoking ban on casinos on January 1, 2019, VIP rooms will be required to include smoking lounges with existing smoking lounges in mass market gaming areas having to conform with the requirements set by the new law.
Any smoking in gaming areas outside authorised smoking lounges will be prohibited.
With the deadline for applications finishing on September 28, a total of 404 applications for smoking lounges in 27 casinos were made.
Requests after that deadline can still be made but with authorities not assuring the lounges will be able to be used at the time new regulations are enforced.
According to the SS, as of November 30, some 19 casinos had not made any application most of them connected to gaming operators SJM and Melco Resorts, namelly, Casino Presidente, Casino Waldo, Casino Oceanus, Casino Eastern, Casino Grandview, Casino Lisboa, Casino Grande Lisboa, Casino Golden Dragon, Casino Macau Jockey Club, Casino Taipa, Casino Royal Dragon, Casino Taipa Square, Sintra Mocha, Mocha Macau Tower, Mocha Taipa Square, Mocha Golden Dragon, Mocha Porto Interior, Mocha Kuong Fat and Mocha Altira.
Including casinos who have not seen its smoking lounge licenses authorised yet, as of this moment, 64 per cent of the existing 46 casinos in Macau still did not have approved smoking lounges.