Border crossings reach record low as multiple restrictions come into force

Police authorities revealed today that about 31,000 entries and exits were recorded in local borders on February 20 (Thursday), a record low in Macau as several entry restrictions started being enforced.

From midnight of yesterday, tourists that in the 14 days prior to coming to Macau passed through regions considered to be of a high risk of Covid-19 contagion or Macau residents who cross the border for an “unusual” number of times a day, all have to undergo medical examinations lasting up to eight hours.

Currently, the Chinese provinces of Hubei, Henan, Zhejiang and Guangdong and Beijing, Shanghai, and Chongqing are all considered high-risk areas, with this list to be regularly updated.

The screening is being conducted at the Macao Federation of Trade Unions Workers Stadium near the Gongbei Border and in the Taipa Ferry Terminal, with more than 1,800 people checked yesterday.

Some 792 people who did not want to be inspected chose to return to Mainland China.

Also since Thursday, any non-resident workers who have been in Mainland China in the past 14 days and that wants to enter Macau will be subjected to quarantine in Zhuhai.

According to police authorities, only three non-resident workers entered Macau yesterday.

Currently, non-resident work permit holders workers will have to stay in a hotel in Zhuhai for 14 days, after which a health declaration will be issued and they will be taken to Macau on special transport.

The property where those workers are staying accepted to reduce the charged price for the 14-days quarantine from RMB10,000 to RMB7,600 for each person per room, but if a room is shared with another worker the price will be cut in half.

Al the restrictions enforced coincided with the end of a 15-day suspension on local casino operation, with 29 casinos and one-third of all gaming tables resuming normal business.