To fend off outbreaks of the deadly Wuhan Coronavirus which has already killed 18 people, Macau casino workers are now required to wear masks while working. The virus originated in China but many gambling tourists risk spreading the virus while traveling to Macau and other gambling meccas.


In order to narrow the chances of a global pandemic, the Macau Health Bureau is taking measures to protect its citizens – and specifically its casino workers. Since most gamblers in Macau hail from mainland China, where the virus originates, it pays to be cautious.

Respiratory face masks must be worn by all casino workers in Macau while they are in the casinos. Macau’s Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ) issued the notice on Wednesday. According to Law No. 2/2004 on the Prevention and Treatment of Infectious Diseases, the face masks are a first response measure.

Health inspectors and casino management staff are taking extra measures to ensure the protection of casino workers and clientele. Among these additional efforts are health inspections at Macau casinos, intense facilities cleaning, and temperature tests of guests at all casino entrances.

In order to ensure compliance with the safety measures, the DICJ issued the following statement:

“During the Lunar New Year, DICJ inspectors will be stationed at the casinos to monitor the admission and operation of the casinos for 24 hours and will continue to review various epidemic prevention measures of gaming companies,” it said.

The Wuhan Coronavirus has infected more than 630 people and killed 18, mostly in China. The virus has been reported to have spread to at least seven other countries so far, including Taiwan, Thailand, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, and the U.S.


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