Good news for Macau casinos
Macau’s Health Bureau announced that around 25,000 casino staff from two gaming operators have undergone testing for COVID-19. All results came back negative.
The testing data, which is correct as of July 24 and concerns staff from SJM Holdings Ltd and Sands China Ltd, is part of new precautionary measures for those entering casinos in the city.
8% of the nucleic acid tests that have been conducted in Macau
The one-off tests account for around 8% of the nucleic acid tests (NATs) that have been conducted in Macau so far. The remaining gaming operators in Macau are Melco, MGM, Galaxy, and Wynn.
COVID-19 testing capacity
Earlier this month, it was reported that from July 15, all casino staff would be required to undergo testing for COVID-19 as a safety measure. The Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ) in Macau is working with the city’s health authorities to organize NATs for all casino employees of Macau’s six gaming operators.
capacity to test between 4,000 to 5,000 casino staff a day
Tests are being carried out in batches, starting with frontline workers such as casino dealers and security staff. The Macau government has stated that it has the capacity to test between 4,000 to 5,000 casino staff a day; there are reportedly between 50,000 to 60,000 frontline casino employees in the world’s gambling capital.
Travel restrictions eased
The testing measures for casino workers came as restrictions between Macau and the Chinese mainland province of Guangdong were relaxed.
Prior to July 15, travelers coming from Macau to Guangdong were required to undergo a 14-day quarantine. Currently, Macau has no new confirmed cases for COVID-19, with the last diagnosed case confirmed one month ago.