Social Affairs

Lawmakers pass bill proposing bidding for wet market stall allocations

The Legislative Assembly (AL) on Thursday passed the outline of a government-initiated bill regulating the operation of the city’s wet markets, which proposes that residents who want to run a stall will have to bid for a licence, a change from the current practice in which available stalls are simply allocated through a lucky draw.

20 Nov, 2020

Man with Legionnaires’ disease visited mainland massage parlour

A 60-year-old local man who tested positive for Legionnaires’ disease on Sunday had been to a massage parlour in the mainland during the incubation period.

20 Nov, 2020

Government pledges to complete rental housing project for seniors within 3 years

The government expects to start constructing a high-rise rental housing project for senior citizens in an area of Plot P in Areia Preta district by the end of this year.

19 Nov, 2020

Drones banned during Grand Prix

The authorities will ban all unmanned aircraft activity over the peninsula during this year’s three-day Macau Grand Prix, which begins tomorrow, to ensure that the event will take place in a safe environment.

19 Nov, 2020

Visitors arriving by air increase 20% in first half of this month

In the past 10 months, 1.06 million passengers have arrived in Macao by air with a 20% increase in the first half of this month compared with the same period of last month.

19 Nov, 2020

COVID-19 vaccine availability key factor for Macao’s economic recovery

Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng said on Tuesday that only after COVID-19 vaccines are available can Macao’s economy and employment situation improve.

18 Nov, 2020

Grand Prix going ahead as planned

Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng said that the government has decided to go ahead with the Macau Grand Prix (MGP) this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic because it already decided last year to hold the annual motor-racing event in 2020 and signed agreements with the relevant contractors at that time.

18 Nov, 2020

5G coverage to cost MOP 3 billion

Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng said that a 5G network covering the whole city would need an investment of over MOP 3 billion.

18 Nov, 2020

Hong Kong visitors welcome only if no new local cases confirmed for 14 consecutive days

Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng pointed out that according to its standards, the central government would only classify Hong Kong as a COVID-19 low-risk area if no new local cases have been confirmed for 14 consecutive days.

18 Nov, 2020

Price of residential flats drops 1.1% in Q3

A total of 2,542 building units and parking spaces were purchased and sold in the third quarter as per stamp duty records, a decrease of 3.6 per cent quarter-to-quarter, while the total value of transactions rose by 1.6 per cent to MOP 14.94 billion (US$1.87 billion), the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) announced on Tuesday. … Continue reading "Price of residential flats drops 1.1% in Q3"

18 Nov, 2020

Ho vows to normalise COVID-19 prevention, speed up economic recovery

Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng pledged on Monday to set up a mechanism to normalise the government’s COVID-19 prevention and control measures and to speed up the city’s economic recovery at the same time. 

17 Nov, 2020

Next year’s way of sharing wealth depends on residents’ views & COVID-19 pandemic development

Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng said on Monday that the way the government will give residents its annual “wealth-sharing” handout next year would depend on their views and the development of the COVID-19 pandemic, but he reaffirmed that the government would continue sharing the city’s wealth with residents in cash if “everybody” prefers it that way.

17 Nov, 2020

Gaming law public consultation

Ho said that the government will hold a public consultation first before drafting amendments to the gaming law. Ho pointed out that according to the full version of the 2021 Policy Address, the government plans to submit a bill amending the gaming industry law to the legislature for debate and vote in the fourth quarter of next year, but whether the schedule could be achieved would depend on the outcome of the public consultation to be held next year.

17 Nov, 2020

Ho underlines continued need to impose entry ban on foreigners

Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng underlined the Macao government’s continued need to impose an entry ban on foreigners so as to protect the city from COVID-19 risk.

17 Nov, 2020

CE says Macao would need sandwich class housing

Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng said that Macao would need housing projects for Macao’s sandwich class. Ho said that young people or those who do not live with senior citizens have only a small chance of buying a subsidised home-ownership scheme (HOS) flat.

17 Nov, 2020

‘Cities of Gastronomy Gather in Hou Kong’ with 4 famous chefs

The upcoming “Cities of Gastronomy Gather in Hou Kong”, which is organised by Shunde Federation and Commercial Union Association of Macau, has invited four “famous” local and mainland chefs to the city to share their cooking experiences.

17 Nov, 2020

9 more kindergarteners catch stomach flu

The Health Bureau (SSM) received another case of collective stomach flu involving nine pupils from Infantário de Santa Rosa de Lima in Rua Nova à Guia, an SSM statement said on Monday.

17 Nov, 2020

Government axes new guideline for players’ COVID-19 tests every 7 days

The Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Centre has announced that it has decided to suspend a new measure which would have required players and performers in all local sports contests to be tested for COVID-19 every seven days.

16 Nov, 2020

Government to consult public on trade union bill

The government says that it will launch a public consultation on the drafting of a trade union bill after collecting opinions from the city’s business and labour sectors.

16 Nov, 2020

6 kindergarteners, 1 teacher from same school get stomach flu

An outbreak of viral gastroenteritis (also known as stomach flu) was reported to the Health Bureau (SSM) on Sunday, involving six kindergarteners and a teacher from the Santa Maria Mazzarello School in Rua da Praia do Manduco.

16 Nov, 2020