All Macao hotels must comply with the new Tourism Law which prohibits smoking. All guests in all hotels and commercialised resorts will need to wear nicotine-dispensing masks, undergo heat checks and give a special Macao Health Code upon request. 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 law on smoking in Macao was released on Hong Kong day as the region is due to host the world's annual World AIDS conference from Hong Kong this month. 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 also supposed to reduce the transmission of the deadly Hong Kong pandemic to 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. During the meeting, the Ministry of Health presented the new MACao health code which states that smoking is strictly prohibited inside all commercial establishments. Smoking is also strictly prohibited at beaches and any other place with beach access. Any form of sales or advertising including smoking is strictly prohibited. The code also states that all resorts, hotels, clubs, and other similar institutions that stay in close proximity to the sea are expected to strictly observe the new policy.
On July 14th, the government departments met again to discuss and further develop the macao health code system. During this meeting, the leaders of government departments expressed their intent to strengthen the implementation of the new Macao health code system. The delegates representing the various departments reviewed and discussed details of the new MACao Health Code system. They also discussed how the government departments could work together to strengthen the whole 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. These establishments are required to inform the Department of Health immediately if they fail to comply with the new measures. In addition to that, the establishments that fail to comply with the novel coronavirus surveillance requirements will soon be required to upgrade their equipment, which includes quilting machines and microchip systems. These upgrades will ensure all establishments adhere to the Macao Ministry of Health’s new pandemic prevention measures.
There are a number of hotels, guest houses, and other such establishments that were refused admission to the Macao Health code. The reasons for these refusal hearings included things like having unlicensed businessmen on board, having unlicensed medical staff on board, and failure to submit records that support the claim of having unlicensed medical staff on board. The Ministry of Health has now revised the Macao Health Code in line with this revised version of the Macao Laws. All establishments that were denied admission previously are now permitted to apply, provided the procedures and conditions are followed.