In Macau, the 33-member Legislative Assembly reportedly ratified a measure earlier today that is to prohibit approximately 54,000 casino workers by setting foot on a gambling floor outside of working hours.
Non-gaming staff included:
According to a report by GGRAsia, the government-backed legislation is set to come into force from the end of next year at the earliest and will employ to table sport dealers in addition to those directly employed by some of the city’s numerous casinos in non-gaming functions such as food service, cleaning, surveillance and cage surgeries.
Encompasses junket workers:
Problem gaming worries:
A draft of this looming ban was passed by the Legislative Assembly in July after official information in the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Agency revealed that most people who had sought help for problem gambling between 2011 and 2017 were casino personnel.
But, the source cited that perceived issues with successful enforcement has seen outsourced workers escape the impending exception while all casino workers are to be permitted to gamble throughout the first 3 days of the Chinese New Year.
No fundamental database:
It also reported that numerous legislators such as Angela Leong On Kei, who serves as an executive manager for local casino giant SJM Holdings Limited, had voiced concerns about the prohibition because it doesn’t include the organization of a central database of casino workers. Butthe Director for the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau, Paulo Martins Chan, allegedly countered by detailing that his company will be using the coming months to make workers aware of this looming ban whilst also stating that those found to have violated the exclusion wouldn’t be sacked.