The Macao SAR Government is making an all-out effort to prevent or, if required, control any COVID-19 outbreak in the community. Macao entered a state of immediate prevention from midnight on 25 September, following the identification of new confirmed COVID-19 cases in late September that were linked to an imported COVID-19 infection.
The six linked cases are among security guards at either Golden Crown China Hotel or Treasure Hotel, two of the venues for medical observation in Macao. The cause of the cluster was believed to be incorrect use of face masks by the security guards that were in contact with the new imported case, the latter detected while under medical observation at the Golden Crown China Hotel.
The Macao SAR Government has taken immediate measures to prevent the further spread of this COVID-19 outbreak. The Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Centre has heightened travel restrictions after Macao entered a state of immediate prevention on 25 September. The public are urged not to leave the territory unless strictly necessary.
A number of entertainment and cultural venues and facilities have been temporarily closed, and several events have also been suspended (read more here).
A second programme of citywide nucleic acid testing was also launched, starting at 3pm on 25 September and ending at 3pm on 28 September. The Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Centre announced that 689,766 people in Macao were tested for COVID-19 during that period. All of the test results were negative.
The Macao SAR Government has also implemented a district- and risk-specific epidemic prevention plan, sealing off areas and buildings at or near the homes of the people involved in the latest COVID-19 cases. Closed-loop management protocols are being practised at these locations.
Officials have also been tracing any people in close contact with the patients, or those that have had secondary contacts, with more than 1,600 people already placed under medical observation. People under medical observation at the hotel where the cluster started were relocated and its staff was placed under medical observation.
To cope with the increase in demand and the latest pandemic situation in Macao, the Sheraton Grand Macao hotel is serving as one of the hotels for medical observation, providing about 2,000 rooms.
Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) is paying close attention to the latest turn of the pandemic and is scrupulously following the guidelines issued by the Macao SAR Government Health Bureau.
MGTO is stepping up its patrols at hotels and guest houses to supervise their compliance with pandemic prevention measures. Emergency contacts of all the hotel establishments have been prepared, to provide prompt assistance, if required.
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In response to the development of the COVID-19 epidemic, the Macao SAR Government has implemented a number of prevention measures to safeguard the safety of its citizens and tourists.
For the latest information about epidemic prevention in Macao, please visit the Special Webpage Against Epidemics: www.ssm.gov.mo.
For the latest information regarding immigration measures and precautions before travelling to Macao, please visit: www.macaotourism.gov.mo.
Event arrangements: In order to cope with the epidemic prevention and control work of the Macao SAR Government, the opening hours of some venues, and the schedule of some events, might be adjusted. For the latest information, please check with the event organiser or the venue concerned.
For more information, please contact the Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Centre via either the enquiry hotline, on (853) 2870 0800, or MGTO’s 24-hour Tourism Hotline, (853) 2833 3000.
Immigration policies may be adjusted at any time. To ensure a smooth trip, please pay attention to the latest information released by the health authorities at your travel destination.