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48-hour negative NAT test to be required for anyone entering casinos from July 1

Everyone entering gaming areas, including customers, staff and public sector personnel must hold a negative nucleic acid test certificate taken in the previous 48 hours starting from 7:00am July 1, the Gaming Inspection and Co-ordination Bureau (DICJ) announced.

The new policy will apply to all people entering casinos, including customers, staff and personnel from government departments, with gaming operators’ employees having also to take a rapid antigen test with a negative result before working or entering casinos.

The gaming watchdog also noted that all the costs arising from the nucleic acid tests and rapid antigen tests taken by the employees must be settled by gaming operators, which should also provide the tests or kits.

Previous guidelines issued to operators by the DICJ had mandated that starting from today (Tuesday) every casino employee entering a casino would have present a nucleic acid test (NAT) test taken in the previous 48 hours, with the new guidelines expanding the restrictions.

“The DICJ has contacted gaming companies, which have actively cooperated with the SAR government’s pandemic prevention policy and made appropriate arrangements,” the department added.

“The DICJ will continue to strengthen epidemic prevention inspections in casinos and urges gaming companies to take various epidemic prevention measures to ensure the health and safety of guests and staff in the casinos.”

The Macau SAR recorded 57 additional positive Covid-19 cases on June 27 taking the total number of cases to 414 under the most recent community outbreak.

Despite the most serious community outbreak witnessed in the city so far, casinos have remained open, while other leisure and entertainment businesses have been closed to reduce pandemic risks.