Macau | Amendments to law governing entry and exit to casinos passed

Macau (MNA) – The amendments surrounding Law No. 10/2012, a bill which bars workers from entering and exiting casinos under special circumstances has been passed in Legislative Assembly (AL) on Tuesday.

The revised law includes junket workers, gaming table workers, those who operate betting machines, cashiers, public relations workers, food and beverage workers, cleaners, as well as those who work in the field of security and surveillance.

In order to enforce the law, there will be the use of randomized checks as compared to previous suggestions that there will be the use of security cameras or technologies, using an inspector who will be appointed by the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ).

Workers would only be allowed to enter casinos on working days, the first three days of Lunar New Year and other authorised occasions such as for research or training under the new law.

The law also simplifies the process to restrict people aged below 21 years of age from entering casinos.

However, legislators criticised the “practical applications” of the law as well as what could be viewed as discrimination against concessionaires.

Coutinho questioned the way the legislation will be applied to several specific circumstances, namely VIP rooms, which are regulated under a different system as a gaming promoter, and satellite casinos such as Oceanus at Jai Alai, which is  operated by concessionaire SJM Holdings but operate under a different legal status.

In addition, the lack of use of technology and reliance on manpower also meant that the application of the law could be affected, according to the legislator.

Paulo Martins Chan, the director of DICJ said that the application of the law will be through three channels, namely via inspection of law enforcement officers, through the companies themselves and third-party reporting.

DICJ has also begun to recruit more staff in order to enforce the revised parts of the law.

Secretary for Economy and Finance Lionel Leong Vai Tac, who attended the session, said that the revised bill as not meant to be “discriminatory” towards gaming workers.