A general view of Venetian Macao casino resorts in Macao on June 3, 2018. (KIN CHEUNG / AP)
Macao officially lifted its state of emergency at noon on Tuesday after recording no new cases of COVID-19 in the community for the ninth day in a row.
The city on Tuesday will allow all entertainment establishments to reopen, and also allow dine-in services in restaurants. In addition, casinos were allowed to fully reopen on Tuesday, after being allowed to partially reopen on July 23.
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Macao declared a state of emergency on June 19 because of the high number of COVID-19 cases. A full lockdown was imposed on July 11
But everyone is required to wear a face mask when going out, and those who want to dine in at restaurants must produce a negative nucleic-test result from the past three days.
The special administrative region declared a state of emergency on June 19 because of the high number of COVID-19 cases. A full lockdown was imposed on July 11.
Macao recorded over 1,800 cases of infection and six deaths during this wave of the outbreak.
The Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau, the city’s gambling-industry regulator, said gambling enterprises will adopt strict COVID-19 prevention measures and strengthen the cleaning and disinfection in casinos as they gradually resume full operations.
Meanwhile, starting on Saturday, the hotel quarantine for incoming visitors from Hong Kong, Taiwan and overseas destinations to Macao can be shortened from 10 days to seven if they have obtained negative results since arriving in the city. The required home health observation can also be reduced from seven days to three.
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Visitors must have five nucleic tests, on the first, second, third, fifth and seventh day after the home health observation.