All guests at Macau’s hotels and integrated resorts will be required to wear masks, undergo temperature checks and provide a Macao Health Code under new restrictions in effect as of Wednesday 9 June 2021.
The measures, announced by the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) on Tuesday, come in response to an outbreak of COVID-19 in neighboring Guangdong Province – the primary source of visitor arrivals to Macau from mainland China – with around 100 cases of community-transmitted COVID-19 detected in the cities of Guangzhou and Foshan since the start of the month.
As reported by IAG, all arrivals into Macau from Guangdong Province are now required to provide a negative test result obtained within the past 48 hours, while anyone who has visited certain districts in Guangzhou or Foshan inside the past two weeks must enter hotel quarantine for 14 days.
According to the MGTO’s latest guidelines, all local hotels, guesthouses, integrated resorts, catering and other establishments under its supervision must now require guests to wear masks, have their temperature checked and present a Macao Health Code upon admission. The Health Code operates on a red, yellow, green system and outlines a person’s travel history, symptoms and contact with any confirmed COVID-19 cases in the past 14 days.
The MGTO said it will delegate staff to inspect establishments and ensure they comply with the latest measures.
It also pointed to similar measures issued this week by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, which requires a Macao Health Code be displayed upon entry to a broader range of establishments including restaurants, bars, karaoke lounges, nightclubs, saunas, massage parlours and health clubs. Holders of Macao Health Code in Red or Yellow Colour will be denied admission, it said.
Investment bank JP Morgan said in a note this week that tightening border restrictions between Macau and Guangdong Province will “undoubtedly weigh on demand, putting a break in the respectable sequential recovery over the past six months.”