Health declarations recommended before entering casinos after end of Covid-19 suspension – Gov’t

The Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Centre Coordinator, Dr. Leong Iek Hou, said today that the Health Bureau is preparing epidemic prevention guidelines businesses expected to resume operations next week, such as casinos, with recommendations that people should be required to submit a health statement and forbidden to enter if they show symptoms of fever and cough.

Authorities will also suggest gaming operators that the number number of employees be at least 50 per cent lower than before the suspension.

The Macau government imposed a 15-day suspension to casinos and 18 other types of establishments, including bars, cinemas, and massage parlours, from February 4 to February 19, as a measure to contain the spread of the virus.

Although hotels were not included in the suspension, some 28 hotels and pensions – including MGM Macau today – have already requested a temporary suspension, representing about 3,700 rooms.

The number of entries recorded in Macau’s borders has also dropped 91.8 per cent year-on-year in the last 16 days to some 195,000 recorded entries.

It has still not been defined by health authorities if the suspension will be further extended.

Nevertheless, authorities indicated today that government services will resume basic operations next week, with an online system devised where residents can fill a health statement declaring they have no cough or fever.

The authorities are developing an online app where the health declaration can be filled, and although private entities will not be mandated to use this program or imposed the health declaration, Dr. Leong indicated private entities could use it as a reference.

Companies and entities that resume work will also have to follow strict sanitary protection measures, including the need to wear masks, strengthen disinfection works public places, and better indoor ventilation.

[To be updated]