Government, entertainment venues to reopen in Macau, China, March 2. Travel restrictions, health screenings, quarantine measures in place.

Severity: Warning Alert

This alert began 28 Feb 2020 06:12 GMT and is scheduled to expire 16 Mar 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Preventative restrictions
  • Location(s): Macau (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Transport disruptions, enhanced health screenings; possible business disruptions

Summary
Authorities in Macau will resume regular government services and allow entertainment venues and extra-curricular educational businesses from March 2 due to reduced novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) activity. Macau has not reported any new COVID-19 cases since Feb. 5. Companies that reopen will have to enforce measures - such as temperature checks. Casino operations resumed in the gambling hub Feb. 20; however, operators have the option to seek a 30-day closure extension. Sporadic business disruptions are likely.

Officials continue to implement enhanced health screenings; thermal scanners are in place at all points of entry into the territory. Thermal scanners are also in place at all casinos. Reports indicate that arriving passengers from countries with COVID-19 activity could face medical examinations before entering the country.

As of Feb. 27, authorities in Macau require passengers who have traveled to South Korea within 14 days of entry to undergo a 14-day quarantine. Non-residents can either quarantine at the Pousada Marine Infante hotel for a fee or leave Macau immediately. Authorities are allowing residents to self-quarantine if their homes meet health requirements, or they will quarantine them at the hotel. Officials are still mandating all workers from mainland China undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine at facilities in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, and receive medical clearance from Zhuhai health authorities before entering Macau. Authorities will quarantine or return foreign workers arriving from other areas of mainland China to their point of origin at their own expense.

Travel between Macau and Hong Kong remains available only via the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge due to transport restrictions in Hong Kong. Macau is also maintaining a ban on residents from Hubei Province from entering the territory, and passengers from mainland China must provide a health declaration form upon arrival. China halted the issuance of personal visas to Macau Jan. 28. Increased security is likely at border crossings in mainland China.

Advice
Follow all official instructions. Plan for transport disruptions, especially if traveling between Macau and Hong Kong and mainland China. Allow additional time for immigration and health screenings, especially if traveling from countries with severe COVID-19 outbreaks. Consider delaying travel if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Confirm reservations and business appointments.

Exercise basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

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