Macao extends COVID-19 shutdown of city, casinos stay open

HONG KONG: Macao extended its COVID-19 restrictions including the closure of bars, cinemas, hair salons and outdoor parks from Thursday (Jun 23), its chief executive said as the world’s biggest gambling hub battles to curb a rise in locally transmitted cases.

Casinos are allowed to remain open while theatres, fitness centres, and leisure facilities must halt operations from 5pm local time on Thursday, Ho Iat Seng said in a statement on the government’s website.

Only takeaway is allowed from dining facilities.

Macao’s more than 600,000 residents were required to undergo a second round of mass testing this week, as the number of infected people jumped to more than 100 cases.

Positive cases include those working or visiting the casinos with a number of them related to a wedding banquet that was held inside SJM Holding’s Grand Lisboa Palace.

A hotel and casino resort on Macao’s main peninsula was locked down by authorities on Tuesday due to a coronavirus infection, with some 700 people forced to quarantine.

Source: CNA

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