Asia round-up: Macau enters new post-lockdown phase, M88 Mansion partners with AC Milan

Macau casinos permitted to resume full operations; quarantine period reduced 

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Macau’s Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ) has given the green light for the region’s casinos to resume full operations, following the end of Macau’s post-lockdown consolidation phase.  

The new stretch of Macau’s exit from lockdown will be known as the “stabilisation” period, a time in which all industrial and commercial establishments can resume normal operations.

The most recent consolidation period only allowed casinos to operate at 50% capacity – the latest measure will therefore come as an immediate boost to Macau’s economy.  

However, the DICJ notes that stricter preventive measures, with more rigorous cleaning and disinfection practices, must be adhered to in the new stabilisation period. 

Furthermore, all casino visitors must be able to present green health codes and comply with temperature testing policies. 

Elsewhere, Macau’s Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Centre says the region’s mandatory hotel quarantine period for visitors has once again been reduced from 14 to seven days.  

The quarantine period rose back to 14 days when Macau re-entered lockdown, but will be reduced again now the stabilisation period has come into effect.  

The new quarantine law will come into effect from 6 August and applies to Macanese residents returning from foreign countries, as well as visiting tourists. 

A statement from the Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Centre read: “The measure applies to those who have completed a full course of the Covid-19 vaccine and to those who have not completed the full course of vaccination due to age or illness. 

“The measure is also applicable to those who are currently under medical observation.” 

“The measure applies to those who have completed a full course of the Covid-19 vaccine and to those who have not completed the full course of vaccination due to age or illness... The measure is also applicable to those who are currently under medical observation” Macau’s Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Centre, Official Statement

What's more, the new quarantine law has resulted in four Cotai casino resorts being released from their duties as self-isolation destinations. 

As confirmed by the Macau Government Tourism Office, the East Wing of Grand Lisboa Palace, B1 Tower of Grand Hyatt, Parisian Macau Hotel and Studio City Hotel have all been discharged from their role as medical observation zones.  

This will free up further space for hotel residents and help give Macau an economic boost as it looks to recover quickly from its most recent lockdown.  

M88 Mansion becomes AC Milan’s casino partner in Asia 

Operator M88 Mansion has been announced as the new regional poker and casino partner of Italian football team AC Milan. 

Per the new partnership, M88 Mansion will launch its AC Milan Studio, an online gaming portal designed with an AC Milan-branded theme.  

All games will centre on the Rossoneri (AC Milan), featuring the club’s crest and a number of its current players. 

M88 Mansion believes its new online studio cements its commitment to enhancing the online gaming experience of users. 

For AC Milan, the partnership enforces its desire to strengthen its brand globally. According to the club, there are over 300 million Rossoneri fans in Asia, and its deal with M88 Mansion will help fans across the continent to connect with the club further.

Partnering with the operator bolsters AC Milan’s Asian presence, where it already has a regional office and a strong following on local social media sites in several Asian countries. 

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