The new Tourism Law prohibits smoking inside all hotels in Macao. 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. All resorts and hotels have strict prohibitions against smoking, as it is considered a dangerous "recreational addiction". The move, aimed at curbing the island's increasing rate of smoking, has caused several airlines to stop 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. During the meeting, the Ministry of Health presented the new MACao health code which states that smoking is strictly prohibited inside all commercial establishments. Additionally, smoking is strictly prohibited in the beaches and in any place that has access to the beach. All forms of advertising and sales, including smoking, are strictly prohibited. The new policy also stipulates that all resorts, hotels and clubs that are located close to the sea must adhere to it.
The government departments met again on July 14th to discuss and develop the macao 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 that all commercial establishments located in Macao must adhere to the new macao healthcare code. These establishments are required to inform the Department of Health immediately if they fail to comply with the new measures. The establishments that fail the new coronavirus surveillance requirements, including quilting machines, will be required to upgrade their equipment. 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. 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 Ministry of Health has now revised the Macao Health Code in line with this revised version of the Macao Laws. As a result, all establishments that were previously refused admission are now allowed to apply once again, as long as the conditions and procedures are strictly followed.