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Macau regulator asked to lift mandatory social distancing rules in casinos

Local gaming employees association in Macau urge the lifting of the 1m distance as it is "unrealistic"

Gaming employees association in Macau has urged the Government to change the social distancing rules enforced on casino gaming floors.

Macau CasinoBack in February, when Macau was going though a lockdown the country closed all 41 casinos with social distancing rules imposed upon the reopening date.

Jeremy Lei Man Chao, vice-director of New Macau Gaming Staff Rights Association confirmed that these request did not fall on deaf ears.

Chao told GGRAsia “We heard many cases where dealers were arguing with the mainland China patrons over that 1-metre distance rule for doing standing bets,”

“It is unrealistic to ask the standing patrons to keep a 1-metre distance apart from each other and have them stick to it – it is really not as easy to do it, as is [it would be] in the case of seated patrons,” he added.

Mr. Lei said his association had on Wednesday afternoon written to the gaming regulator:

“If the Covid-19 risks are much lower now as the government says, why not just relax the rules for the standing bets?”

Under the current regulations upon entry and on the casino floor masks are required with limits on the number of gaming tables allowed to operate and a restriction on the number of available seats at each table.

The return of standing betting has caused difficulties for table dealers as players couldn't keep the necessary distance.

The provision of a negative test mandatory virus tests upon arrival has been removed and the customer flow has shown slow recovery since then.

-Source: GGRAsia

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