The number of people arriving into Macau failed to reach even 1,000 over the first three days of the Easter weekend combined as the SAR continues to experience record low visitation following recent border restrictions imposed by neighboring Guangdong Province.
Figures issued by the Public Security Police Force (CPSP) showed just 260 people entering Macau on Friday, followed by 280 on Saturday and 270 on Sunday for a three-day total of 810 arrivals. By comparison, almost 556,200 people visited Macau over the four day Easter holiday weekend in 2019 at an average of 139,000 per day. This represents a 99.8% year-on-year drop in visitation over Easter.
The extraordinarily low numbers in recent days come a week after Macau recorded its lowest daily visitation on record with just 210 people entering the city on Saturday 4 April. The highest single day visitation recorded this month has been 360.
As COVID-19 continues to close borders across much of the globe, Macau – one of the few jurisdictions in which casinos remain open – hasn’t escaped the carnage with public transportation between Macau and Hong Kong suspended and all arrivals from Hong Kong required to undergo mandatory medical quarantine in a designated hotel for 14 days.
Mainland China is the only destination from which some travelers are still exempt from mandatory quarantine, however visitation has slowed to a crawl ever since Guangdong announced a 14-day quarantine on all arrivals from Macau and Hong Kong, including its own residents, on 27 March.