Macau extends casino shutdown


Macau has begun another working week of partial lockdown, after the city extended the closure of casinos and non-essential businesses, as it attempts to stem the spread of its worst coronavirus outbreak yet.

Restrictions announced a week previously had been due to lift on Monday July 18th, but with cases continuing to climb, authorities have moved quickly to stamp out transmission, in line with mainland China’s strict Covid-19 policies, announcing that the ‘static management’ period will be extended until Friday July 22nd.

This means that casinos, believed to account for around 80% of total government revenues, must keep their doors closed.