Macau health authorities said on Sunday they would require anyone wishing to enter the city’s casinos to measure their body temperature and declare their health declaration statements, as well as prove free from COVID-19 infection with a “valid nucleic acid test” certificate issued within the previous 48 hours. The new measure comes as Macau struggles to contain its most severe COVID-19 outbreak since the pandemic began in 2020.
The statement added that casino employees will also be required to produce COVID-19 negative results before each shift through rapid antigen testing. 파친코
The city’s health authorities also said that whenever possible, casino employees should wear KN95 protective masks “or better” when they have guests.
KN95 is a Chinese standard for mask types that provides users with higher protection against COVID-19 infections than regular surgical masks.
The announcement did not clarify whether casino employees should already fill out a COVID-19 test certificate from Sunday (June 26).
Separately, Macau’s gaming regulator issued a press release urging casino operators in the city to strictly comply with pandemic prevention guidelines issued by local health authorities. These included “enhancing cleaning and disinfection in casinos” and “reducing mobility and workforce movement in casinos.”
The Game Inspection Coordination Bureau stressed that individuals in casinos should maintain sufficient space between themselves and others and wear protective masks.
“Individuals entering casinos should cooperate on epidemic prevention measures to reduce the risk of spreading infections,” the regulator said in a statement on Sunday. “We will continue to strengthen infectious disease prevention tests in casinos,” he added.
Macau began a new mass test of its population on Monday, the third time it has tested nucleic acids since June 20. The latest inspection began at 9 a.m. and is scheduled to be completed by 6 p.m. on Tuesday (June 28). Local populations also had to undergo several rapid antigen tests using kits provided by local authorities from June 22.