Macau – It has been announced today that gaming operators in Macau are to adjust the work rotas and schedules for casino employees so that they can commute to and from their homes amid coronavirus crisis.
Many of the employees in casino establishments on the Special Administrative Region are from mainland China.
Since the closure of many transport routes along with schedule adjustments for preventative measures, employees have been struggling to commute to and from their place of work.
Macau resident employees are expected to work the night shifts instead of non-resident staff, who are being allowed to finish work before 10pm in order travel back to their place of residence in mainland China.
It is part of a preventative measures adjustment whereby transport services have been reduced to a sixteen hour period of operation between the hours of six in the morning and ten o clock in the evening.
Ao Ieong U, Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture commented:
“For those who have to work the night shift, casinos need to provide buses to transport their non-resident workers after 10:00pm. Gaming concessionaires should be socially responsible and collaborate with the government. These measures for casinos will be enforced immediately.”
Ao Ieong U added:
“Buses connecting the Lotus Border Checkpoint and Hengqin will also be increased from 10:00pm to 3:00am so non-resident workers, especially those working in casinos, wanting to go to Zhuhai can use this border”.
There are many gaming establishments in Macau that operate 24 hours per day.
It was suggested that some casinos could be forced to close their doors because of the coronavirus. However, with numbers visiting the SAR in decline, it is now unlikely as revenue and share prices are already down.
Some of the casino establishments in Macau include; The Parisian Macau, MGM Macau and the Grand Lisboa.