Registration of itinerary in health app required to enter Gov’t facilities

Entry into public services in Macau will only be possible after submitting an itinerary record starting from today (Monday), through a mobile application that tracks the user’s individual route.

The measure announced by the authorities also covers Government workers and workplaces, as part of prevention actions against the novel coronavirus.

“From the 17th (…), all citizens and civil servants, when entering public service establishments or Government workplaces, must register their itineraries (…), under penalty of not being able to enter”, may read in a statement from the Public Administration and Civil Service Bureau (SAFP).

On November 18 authorities launched the mobile application for tracking the population’s individual path to signal risks associated with covid-19, initially presented as being of voluntary use, but with the indication that it would become mandatory.

On the same day, the Traffic Affairs Bureau announced a plan for the registration and identification of bus passengers, warning that those who did not register by December 11 would lose fare benefits.

With the application, it will be possible to scan a QR code in frequented places.

The measure will soon be extended to establishments such as supermarkets and restaurants, the authorities have already warned.

The Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Centre Coordinator assured on Friday night that the mobile application of the “Macao Health Code” “does not involve the subtraction or disclosure of personal information”.

As of 2:00pm on Sunday the number of registrations made in the health code mobile app exceeded 479,000 people.

Macau, which has followed the policy of zero cases of covid-19, with strong border restrictions, registered only 79 people infected with the new coronavirus and imposes quarantines on those who return, which can reach 35 days inside a hotel room.

At the beginning of the year, Macau banned the entry, by air and for two weeks, of people from “regions outside China”.