Several hotels contact authorities for medical observations after CE speech

Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) Head of Licensing and Supervision Department, Inês Chan, said today that since yesterday several local hotels and pensions have reached out to authorities to inquire if they could be used for medical observations.

Yesterday, Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng launched an appeal to gaming operators to be “considerate”, at a time when the authorities are under “great pressure” to find hotels where residents can fulfil the demanded 14-day quarantine.

“We look for the hotels according to the progression of the pandemic […] since yesterday some larger-scale hotels and even 24-room pensions have reached out to us,” Chan said today in the daily press briefing.

Tourism authorities had previously indicated self-contained hotels were preferable for this purpose, while integrated resorts, which gather several different businesses, would not be as suitable.

There are currently nine hotels currently in use for medical observations, namely, Grand Harbour Hotel, Grand Lapa, Pousada Marina Infante Hotel, Golden Crown China Hotel, Regency Art Hotel, Grand Coloane Resort, Metropole Hotel, Treasure Hotel, San Tung Fong Commercial Inn and South Wing.

A tenth hotel is expected to be announced soon.

“Before the official announcement, it is better not to divulge much information. If I say some hotels already contacted us might cause some confusion, maybe they are just asking for information and showed their willingness to collaborate,” she added.

As of today, there are 636 local residents under self-isolation at home in Macau, and 1,718 people under medical observation in the designated hotels.