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    Govt still considering whether to extend casino closure period

    The Macau government says it is still assessing whether to extend the two-week casino closure beyond February 19, 2020, while it monitors developments related to the coronavirus.  Macau’s 41 casinos were ordered to close last week, with the suspension period lasting until Feb 19.  However, Dr. Lei Chin Ion, director of the Macau Health Bureau […]

    Parisian cleared of Legionnaires Disease

    The Parisian Macao, operated by Sands China, has been given the all-clear by the Health Bureau, after a second wave of inspections was conducted on the Parisian’s facilities, local media reports. In April, the Health Bureau announced it was investigating three cases involving Hong Kong residents who had contracted the disease after visiting the hotel […]

    Over 3,300 smoking infractions recorded

    In the first five months of the year, Macau’s residents and tourists have been hit with more than 3,300 citations for smoking related offences, Macau Business reports. So far this year, a total of 259 inspections have been conducted by the Health Bureau and the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau to prevent illegal smoking. A […]

    Gaming operators agree with smoking lounge proposal

    Macau’s gaming operators have agreed with the proposed specifications for smoking lounges made by the Health Bureau, according to the bureau’s deputy director, Cheang Seng Ip, local media reports. The Health Bureau requires that smoking lounges in casinos generate a negative pressure of at least -5 pascal in order to prevent cross-contamination from room to […]

    Govt accused of flipping its stance on smoking

    A Macau-based gaming workers union has accused the government of bowing to pressure from casino operators by allowing smoking lounges to stay, Macau TDM reports. “I think that the government has faulted on its promise and gave in to pressure made my gaming operators. I think that the government official (Alexis Tam) shouldn’t have made […]

    Tobacco Control Office mulls smoking lounge standards

    The Health Bureau’s Tobacco Control Office is considering new standards for smoking lounges as proposed by the city’s gaming concessionaires, Macau TDM reports. Smoking lounges in casinos has been a subject of controversy over the last year, with the government’s health bureau appearing to have recently reversed its preference towards a full-smoking ban. Last Monday, […]

    Smoking lounges here to stay: Govt

    The Macau government has reportedly proposed amendments to the smoking bill which would allow the establishment of smoking lounges in the city’s casinos, local media reports. In a press briefing on Wednesday, the Health Bureau said the amendments are in line with the survey results commissioned by the city’s gaming operators. The survey, which sought […]

    Sands and MGM not guilty of smoking law violation

    Sands China and MGM China have been cleared from alleged violations of Macau’s anti-smoking law, local media reports. In August, the Health Bureau issued an official notification for the investigation of MGM Macau after its workers accused the operator of setting up smoking zones in gaming areas meant for non-smoking activities. In the case of […]

    Smoking ban enforcement effective, says Health Bureau

    Macau’s Health Bureau has defended its enforcement of the smoking ban in Macau’s casinos to date, saying it has been effective. The government bureau made the comments in response to a petition filed by by the Macau Gaming Enterprises Staff Association of Macau Federation of Trade Unions (FAOM) last week, alleging that the government’s enforcement […]

    MGM Macau violates smoking regulations

    Casino operator MGM Macau may face an investigation from the health bureau due to recent violations of the city’s smoking ban in the property. In a press statement from Macau’s Health Bureau, nine individuals were caught smoking in unauthorized areas inside the casino, and have been subsequently fined. However, the Bureau also turned its attention […]
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