Macau – It has been announced today that the casino closure in Macau could potentially be extended if the coronavirus is not contained and is still showing signs of spreading.
Casino establishments in Macau have been working with the local government to implement preventative measures over the last 7 days and announced a 2 week closure that will run until the 19th February 2020.
The Macau Health Bureau is not yet committing to whether an extension to the closures will be required and state that the impact of the preventative measures are still being assessed.
Dr Lei Chin Ion, director of the organisation commented:
“Regarding the suspension period, it lasts until February 19. We will continue to closely monitor the situation.”
A briefing took place just a few hours ago in Macau to discuss business in the Chinese special administrative region along with the virus situation but concluded that an extension would depend on the developments over the next week or so in China and surrounding regions.
At present, tour operators have suspended tour operations to and from Macau from China and Chinese authorities are no longer issuing permits.
Altira Macau, formerly known as Crown Macau and operated by Melco Crown Entertainment, is the latest casino and hotel resort to announce its temporary closure.
The company has issued the following statement:
“The health and safety of guests and colleagues are Melco’s top priority. In accordance with the Macau SAR Government, Altira Macau will temporarily close from 10 February until further notice in order to curb the spread of the new strain of Coronavirus. We will work closely with the Government and continue to carry out stringent operational protocols to safeguard the wellbeing of all visitors and colleagues across our properties.”
Altira Macau has provided action details to guests who have bookings between now and the end of February:
“Any hotel reservations booked through our official website, reservation hotlines, or email from now until 29th February 2020 can be rescheduled or refunded without any additional charge.”
Rob Carnell, Asia Pacific Chief International Economist at ING Commercial Banking since 2004 said:
“There’s hope the coronavirus will be contained and that stimulus measures will mitigate the economic damage. But there’s no question the outbreak will take a toll on global growth.”