Any progress that was being made on relaxing border restrictions in Macau between the special administrative region and Guangdong Province have ground to a halt with no schedule or plans for easing controls to be released any time soon. The SAR was also unable to provide a guarantee for reopening proposals in the Greater Bay Area.
Officials in Macau have stated that it is difficult to fully assess the conditions required in order for borders to be reopened and discussions are ongoing between Guangdong Province and Hong Kong.
One of the main issues in Macau is that the hotel Pousada Marina Infante Hotel is still currently being used as a quarantine facility and numbers of people in quarantine remain high.
Macau is still operating its 2 week quarantine period for visitors arriving in the special administrative region and the numbers are at alsmost three-hundred in total quarantine.
Although the number of people in quarantine has decreased, and less hotels are being used as quarantine facilities, down to one from twelve, it remains unclear when border crossings can be further relaxed at Portas do Cerco; the Barrier Gate separating Macau from mainland China and the Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge; connecting Hong Kong, Macau, and Zhuhai.
The news comes just hours after it was reported that the numbers of visitors to Macau from mainland China fell almost seventy percent to 2.2 million compared with the same period last year.
In light of the decrease in activity along with declining visitor numbers, Macau has also experienced a drop in crime by almost thirty percent compared with the first quarter of 2019, a figure which usually involves a large percentage towards the gaming sector such as casinos and gambling fraud.
For the past 3 months, Macau has been locked down completely, with flights grounded and people within the SAR unable to move in or out of the region. Now that restrictions are starting to relax for the first time since the pandemic started, Melco Resorts & Entertainment, which operates the famous City of Dreams casino, has announced that it has organised a flight to Manila in the Philippines from Macau so that Philippine workers can return to their homes and loved ones.