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Macau rejoices: Quarantine policy removed between Macau and Guangdong Province from 15 July

The 14-day mandatory quarantine requirement imposed by Guangdong Province on all visitors from Macau will be removed from 15 July, the governments of Macau and Guangdong Province announced on Monday night. The long-anticipated news is a massive boost for gaming operators and the tourism industry in Macau, which has seen the border effectively closed since 27 March.

From 6am on 15 July, all visitors crossing borders between Macau and Guangdong Province will no longer need to undergo 14-day mandatory quarantine. However, those visitors must be tested negative for COVID-19 in the previous seven days and must hold “green” health codes of Macau and Guangdong.

Macau and Chinese residents who live or work in Guangdong Province are restricted to stay within Guangdong Province after returning from Macau, presumably for 14 days, although the official announcements did not explicitly mention how long they must stay in Guangdong. Other visitors must stay amongst nine cities of Guangdong Province for 14 days after returning from Macau – Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Huizhou, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Jiangmen and/or Zhaoqing City.

In the event of border congestion, officials will divert people to designated gates at the border crossing.

All people returning from Macau to Guangdong must log in to the “Guangdong health code” system and complete a “Health Declaration for Hong Kong and Macao Immigrants” form every day while staying in Guangdong Province – again presumably for 14 days.

Those with fixed addresses or places of employment in Guangdong must report to local community neighborhood committees promptly upon arrival at their destinations. For those staying in hotels and hostels, they should declare their personal health status to the hotel or hostel.

In the event of fever, cough, fatigue and other symptoms, people should go to designated hospitals for treatment and examination and report to local community committees.

Within about an hour of tonight’s major announcement, Macau’s Gaming and Inspection Coordination Bureau (DICJ) announced it will require all people entering casinos to submit negative test results for COVID-19 and hold “green” health codes from midnight at the start of 15 July.

The DICJ also requires gaming operators to conduct body temperature checks on all people entering casino floors, and must comply with fresh air ventilation standards.

All people entering integrated resorts, hotels and hostels must submit “green” health codes and undergo temperature checks, but are not required to have a negative COVID-19 test.

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