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Health Bureau orders casino staff to wear facemasks until 22 March

The Health Bureau (SSM) ordered all casino employees to continue wearing facemasks until 22 March next year.

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UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 5:44 am

The Health Bureau (SSM) on Wednesday ordered all casino employees to continue wearing facemasks until 22 March next year.

The order signed by Health Bureau Director Lei Chin Ion and published in the Official Gazette (BO) on Wednesday states that the half-year extension of the mandatory wearing of facemasks by casino staff is due to the “evolution of the novel coronavirus disease”.

The obligatory wearing of facemasks by casino workers was imposed by the government on 22 January, when Macao confirmed its first COVID-19 case.

The measure, which is based on the Law on the Prevention, Control and Treatment of Communicable Diseases, had been extended before but never for such a long period of time.

Macao has been without new COVID-19 cases for some three months. The measure was gazetted on the same day that visitors from all mainland provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities are again permitted to enter Macao. Zhuhai residents have again been allowed to enter Macao since 12 August, while those from elsewhere in Guangdong have again been permitted to travel to Macao since 26 August.

All casino workers were tested for COVID-19 a few weeks ago. None of them tested positive for the disease.

Gamblers seeking entry into a casino must wear a facemask, undergo a temperature check and show proof of a negative nucleic acid test (NAT).

(The Macau Post Daily/Macau News)
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UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 5:44 am

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