The government has booked the 46-room Hotel London in the Inner Harbour area for its “closed-loop management” for crew members of cargo ships plying the Hong Kong-Macao route, announced Lau Fong Chi, who heads the Public Relations Division of the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO). Lau said that the government has decided to book the hotel, which is located in Praça de Ponte e Horta, for the crew members during their stay in Macao because it is close to the pier where they normally board their Hong Kong-bound vessels.
Lau said that Health Bureau (SSM) officials have inspected Hotel London and determined that it meets the official COVID-19 prevention requirements. Lau said that the government will only arrange for the Hong Kong-Macao cargo ship crew members to stay at Hotel London, but not for others undergoing their 14-day quarantine and medical observation. Hotel London is known as “Ying Ging” in Cantonese.
The Macao government announced on Monday that it has now implemented “closed-loop management” for crew members of cargo ships plying the Hong Kong-Macao route during their stay in Macao, according to which upon going ashore in Macao they will be transported by special vehicles to a “designated” hotel. They must stay in their guestroom until they go to work again when they will be transported by special vehicles back to the pier to board their Hong Kong-bound vessels.
Meanwhile, the Health Bureau’s Control of Communicable Diseases and Surveillance of Diseases Department Coordinator Leong Iek Hou said during yesterday’s press conference that 42 crew members from five cargo ships are currently commuting between Hong Kong and Macao. Leong said that nine crew members chose to go ashore and stay at Hotel London on Tuesday – the first day of the “closed-loop management” measure, while the other crew members chose to stay on their respective vessels.
Meanwhile, Leong also said that 10,118 people have undergone 14-day quarantine and medical observation since early this year. A total of 1,195 were in quarantine on Tuesday.
Macao has not confirmed a new COVID-19 case for 40 days.