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Macau Government drops Covid-19 mask requirement for most locations

The Macau Government is dropping Covid-19-related mask requirements for most locations, aside from a small number of venues in the city such as public transportation and hospitals.

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Neighbouring Hong Kong has extended the requirement until 8 March, but authorities there hope to drop that requirement as soon as possible.

Both Macau and Hong Kong have largely aligned with China’s zero-Covid policy over the past three years, with residents of mainland China currently not required to wear masks outdoors, however they are encouraged to wear them in public indoor areas like train stations and airports.

The rule change in Macau takes effect from today, with the Government stating: “The epidemic situation in Macau has continuously remained stable over the last two months.

“Making reference from the anti-epidemic experience worldwide, the Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Centre will adjust its mask-wearing requirements.”

Individuals with flu-like symptoms must wear a mask when in public spaces, with people required to carry masks with them when commuting around the city.

Earlier this month, Gambling Insider reported that gross gaming revenue (GGR) in Macau reached MOP$11.58bn (US$1.43bn) for January 2023, its highest monthly total for three years, since before the Covid-19 pandemic.

The amount is an 83% year-on-year increase, and even exceeds the monthly revenue made in Las Vegas for December 2022 – $1.31bn. This was one of the US gambling hub’s highest-ever monthly revenue totals and also represented a record month for the Las Vegas Strip specifically, which generated a total of $814.2m.

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