10th December 2022 – (Macao) Under the COVID-19 epidemic, in the past, when entering some places in Macao, it was necessary to show a health code. The Health Bureau has updated the guidelines to reduce the number of public places where health codes must be shown to four categories, namely government departments, medical institutions, social service institutions and non-higher education schools. Meanwhile, health codes are not required on public transportation, at parks, and markets. As for other places, the guidelines suggest that the person in charge of the place can decide according to their own conditions whether to require visitors to show their health codes. In other words, Macao has once again relaxed its anti-epidemic measures. As for those with “Red and Amber codes”, the guidelines state that the venues can decide whether to allow them to enter, and special arrangements must be made to allow them to enter, including reducing the length of stay and the number of people they come into contact with.
In addition, the Health Bureau has also updated the guidelines for gatherings at catering premises. There is no longer a limit on the number of participants. However, if the number of participants is 300 or more, the staff and participants must hold a negative rapid antigen test result on the day, or a negative nucleic acid test within 24 hours. Regardless of whether it is an event organised by the public sector or a person receiving public financial support, the epidemic prevention requirements are the same. In addition, festivals, cultural entertainment and sports activities have been relaxed. The occupancy rate of audience seats is 75% of the upper limit, and audiences are no longer required to get 2 shots of the COVID-19 vaccine or provide nucleic acid testing results. Contestants and performers who cannot wear masks due to the nature of the event, such as sports training, sports competitions, performances, etc., need to show a negative rapid antigen test result on the day or a negative nucleic acid test within 24 hours.
When asked when Macau and Hong Kong will reopen, Lo Iek Long, Director of the Health Bureau , said that it depends on the local situation entering the transition period. If the situation is controllable, it will be reopened as soon as possible, and the news will be announced.