The casinos and malls in Macau are ready to receive customers again after the end of the most recent anti-pandemic restrictions in the territory. The venues are reminiscent of ghost towns because of the limitations and restrictions.
There is a current state of things
Macau is currently the most prominent gambling hub on the planet, with more than a dozen worldwide appreciated casinos located on the Macau Peninsula and the Cotai Strip. The territory controlled by China has casinos that are operated by a government franchise. The Venetian, Wynn Macau, MGM Macau, and Grand Lisboa are just a few of the most noteworthy venues here.
Prior to the start of the Pandemic in the spring of 2020, they were visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists on a yearly basis. Gambling is almost exclusively supported by Macau’s economy. In the past two years, the territory’s dependence on casino games has dramatically decreased. Gambling is still illegal in mainland China, where ninety percent of Macau visitors used to come before the Pandemic.
The country that is still holding on to a very strict “zero-COVID” policy has been issuing severe restrictions and lockdown requirements for its people in the past few months. All non-essential business operators were forced to close their blinds because of the massive coronaviruses outbreak in Macau. Along with the rest of the entertainment facilities, cinemas, bars, and schools that were closed earlier, casinos and retail malls could not escape the harsher restrictions.
Macau’s casinos have once again opened their doors to the general public. The casino revenues are taking a heavy toll on the economy. The unemployment rate has reached its all-time peak in the past two decades as a result of hundreds of businesses being forced to shut down.
The gambling floors are still empty
Most of the gaming floors in Macau’s biggest casinos have remained empty after the casinos received permission to open their gates. There are still specific conditions in place. Only Casinos with less than half of their personnel are allowed to operate. Wynn Macau, The Venetian, and MGM Macau are just a few of the popular venues that have imposed their own restrictions. Some of them operate with less than 20% of their regular number of gaming tables. Most slot machines have remained operational. People who want to enter these casinos need to have a negative rapid antigen test. They have to wear a mask that is N95 or higher.
Macau’s malls are not doing anything better
The casinos in Macau’s Integrated Resorts are not the only ones suffering from the anti-pandemic measures. After the restrictions have been lifted, most of the industrial and commercial businesses are still closed, with the exception of pharmacy and take-away food stores.
The official number of confirmed cases in Macau has been below ten for four days in a row, and there have been no confirmed cases in the past 48 hours. Between July 23 and July 31, Macau residents are still asked to wear N95 masks or face coverings. Residents who are able to go to work in person are required to take a nucleic acid test every 48 hours. All Macau residents are required to take rapid antigen tests on a daily basis. All citizens of Macau will be tested for a nucleic acid on July 30 and July 31. According to reports at the beginning of the month, Macau’s casinos are less likely to open again in the near future.
Gambling floors in Macau’s biggest casinos have remained empty after the casinos received permission to open their gates on July 23. However, specific conditions are still in place. Casinos are only allowed to operate with less than half of their personnel. Residents who can go to work in person are also asked to wear N95 masks or face coverings when going out.