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All Macao hotels must comply with the new Tourism Law which prohibits smoking. All guests staying in hotels and commercialised resorts must wear nicotine-dispensing smocks, be subject to heat checks, and sign a Macao Health Code. Smoking is deemed to be a dangerous 'recreational habit' and is strictly prohibited within all resorts and hotels. The move was made to curb the island's growing smoking rate and has led to several airlines halting air travel to Macau. However, other international carriers have remained resolute to let go their flights to the tiny region.
The new Macao law regarding smoking was published on Hong Kong Day, as Macao is hosting the annual World AIDS Conference from Hong Kong. Many delegates are expected to be affected by the new tobacco control policy implemented in Macao. According to the Ministry of Health of Macao, nearly 30% of Hong Kong residents are ex smokers. The new Macao health code is expected to reduce the spread of the deadly Hong Kong pandemic among Macauans.
The Ministry of Health in Macao, together with the International Federation of Associations of Hospitals and Environmental Health Experts (IFAE) and International Association of Lung Societies (IALOSE) held a meeting on the issue of smoking in Macao to discuss measures against the spread of the deadly virus. The new MACao health code, which prohibits smoking in commercial establishments, was presented by the Ministry of Health. Additionally, smoking is strictly prohibited in the beaches and in any place that has access to the beach. Any form of sales or advertising including smoking is strictly prohibited. The new policy also stipulates that all resorts, hotels and clubs that are located close to the sea must adhere to it.
On July 14th, the government departments met again to discuss and further develop the macao health code system. The leaders of government departments discussed their plans to improve the implementation of the Macao health code system. The delegates from the different departments also reviewed and discussed the details of the new MACao health code system and discussed the possibility of how the government departments and the MACao Mission could work together in order to strengthen the entire system. The mission stated that they had been working closely with government departments to implement this system and hoped that the governments would continue to work with them.
It is important to note that all commercial establishments in Macao are required to observe the new macao health code. If they do not comply with the new measures, these establishments must immediately inform the Department of Health. The establishments that fail the new coronavirus surveillance requirements, including quilting machines, will be required to upgrade their equipment. These upgrades will ensure that all establishments are adhering to the Macao Ministry of Health's new novel pandemic prevention measures.
Many hotels, guest houses, or other establishments were denied admission to the Macao Health Code. These refusal hearings were held for reasons such as unlicensed businessmen being on board, unlicensed medical personnel on board, and the failure to submit records supporting the claim of unlicensed staff onboard. The Macao Health Code has been updated by the Ministry of Health to reflect the new Macao Laws. All establishments that were denied admission previously are now permitted to apply, provided the procedures and conditions are followed.
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The new Tourism Law prohibits smoking inside all hotels in Macao. All guests staying in hotels and commercialised resorts must wear nicotine-dispensing smocks, be subject to heat checks, and sign a Macao Health Code. All resorts and hotels have strict prohibitions against smoking, as it is considered a dangerous "recreational addiction". The move was made to curb the island's growing smoking rate and has led to several airlines halting air travel to Macau. Other international carriers, however, have not given up on their flights to the small region.