Macau’s casinos began requiring gamblers to wear facemasks on Saturday night, gaming industry sources have told The Macau Post Daily.
The sources said the measure was due to a directive by the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ), based on a suggestion by the powerful Macau Federation of Trade Unions (widely known as Gung Luen, its name in Cantonese).
The bureau had already ordered Macau’s six gaming operators to scan the body temperature of all gamblers at casino premises’ entry and exit points and to deny entry to visitors who were in Hubei province 14 days before their arrival in Macau. Moreover, all casino staff are required to wear facemasks when on duty.
According to the DICJ website, Macau had 41 casinos at the end of last year.
The gaming industry employs about 57,000 people, or about 15 per cent of Macau’s workforce.