About 46pct of all gaming tables in operation at the moment – Gaming watchdog

The Gaming Inspection and Co-ordination Bureau (DICJ) indicated in a press release that as of March 9 there were 3,100 gaming tables, or 46 per cent of the total, that had resumed operations.

By the same time, only one of the 39 casinos open before the 15-day suspension on casino operations was enforced between February 5 and 20 remained closed.

The DICJ previously indicated to Macau News Agency (MNA) that the two casinos that had yet to re-open were the Casino Taipa at Regency Art Hotel – which was scheduled to re-open on March 6 – while the Macau Jockey Club casino had not yet applied for its operations to resume again.

There are 41 casinos in Macau, however, the Greek Mythology Casino and the floating Casino Macau Palace were already closed before the suspension took place.

Since the suspension was lifted casinos are obliged to take several health prevention measures for the prevention and control of the Covid-19 epidemic, namely body temperature checks workers and customers at entrances, the use of a protective mask, filling out health declarations, and preventing entry into casinos individuals who have been in Hubei province in the past 14 days.

Other measures include strengthening cleaning and disinfecting the premises, adjusting the distance between game and gaming machines, disinfection of game cards before they are placed on chip racks, plus other Health Bureau guidelines for workers.

Since February 20, DICJ inspections detected 28 cases of non-compliance with the Health Bureau guidelines, namely agglomeration of customers, lack of provision of respiratory protection masks and disinfectants, and non-compliance with the required distance and arrangement between gaming tables and seats, while in some instance masks were not being worn by customers in casinos.