Personal health code to include risk level, quarantines for risk areas possibly increased to 10 days

The Health Bureau has announced that the travel record risk check function of the Macau Health Code is activated today (Tuesday), while the number of quarantine days imposed on those living in the red code and yellow code areas may be extended to ten days.

The Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Centre announced today that the risk check function for the travel record of the Macau Health Code is launched, as the health bureau has added the itinerary records of some Covid-19 positive cases into the system.

Those whose itinerary records overlap with the travel routes of the positive cases will have their health codes automatically turned yellow and receive notifications sent by SMS from the Health Bureau.

Starting from the day when the yellow code is set, people with the yellow code will need to undergo two covid nucleic acid testing within 4 days, with the 2 tests to be conducted not on the same day.

Meanwhile, the health authorities have indicated that the current 7-day quarantine period set for the red code and yellow code area may increase to 10 days, if more covid positive cases are found in the SAR.

Currently, those who live in the red code areas will need to receive on-site nucleic acid testing on the 1st, 3rs, 7th days and rapid antigen test on the 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th; while undergoing either on-site isolation medical observation or referred to an appropriate centrally managed medical observation site, as identified.

All individuals in the red code areas are prohibited from leaving but allowed to enter, with the exception of epidemic prevention workers. Individuals from the areas can only pick up materials and consumables allocated at the indicated locations, in order to reduce travel as much as possible.

People living in the yellow code areas need to take nucleic acid testing on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, and 7th days, while undergoing at least 14 days of health monitoring and self-health management, and cannot leave Macau during this period.

The Labour Affairs Bureau (DSAL) today also called on local enterprises to provide accommodation for the non-local employees, as part of the efforts to jointly undertake social responsibilities.

“Whether they are local or non-local employees, they have always done their best to provide essential support to ensure the supply of daily necessities for Macau citizens, especially industries that involve people’s livelihood, such as supermarkets and retail stores, ” the DSAL stressed.

The Zhuhai Center for Disease Control and Prevention has announced that people who have entered Zhuhai from Macau since June 15, including the same day, will have to carry out a 7+7 system divided into 7-day home quarantine and 7-day home health monitoring, and they are not allowed to leave their residence in the first seven days, while in the following seven days they are only allowed to leave for reasons of extreme necessity, which does not include returning to the workplace or school.

As many non-local workers in the SAR are from the mainland who live in Zhuhai and go across the border to work every day, the Zhuhai government has later announced that those workers residing in Zhuhai are allowed to return to Macau if they can present a negative nucleic acid test result issued within 24 hours and after signing an undertaking not to return to Zhuhai within three days.

According to the DSAL press release, the Macau Hoteliers & Innkeepers Association and the Chinese Employment Agency Association (Macau) have negotiated with local hotels to provide accommodations at lower prices, to support local and non-local workers with needs.