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Macau Keeps Casinos Open as Bars, Cinemas Shut to Tame Virus

  • Dining, entertainment venues to close Thursday as cases rise
  • City will only shut individual casinos if infections are found
People queue up for Covid-19 in Macao on June 19. 
People queue up for Covid-19 in Macao on June 19. Source: VCG/Getty Images
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Macau will keep its casinos open, while shutting other entertainment venues, as the world’s largest gambling hub tries to contain its worst ever Covid-19 outbreak. 

Bars, nightclubs, cinemas, gyms and hair salons will close from 5 p.m. local time on Thursday, and restaurants will suspend dining-in services, according to a government mandate, which didn’t specify how long the curbs will last. Macau has already shut schools and public venues, and is conducting mass testing to weed out hidden chains of community transmission as the number of infections in this outbreak climbed to 110 from 71 a day earlier.