Macau’s casino regulator has cancelled another face-to-face public consultation session regarding the city’s draft of an amendment to Macau gaming law. The session, targeting members of the general public, was scheduled to take place today (October 13) but was cancelled due to the passage south of the city – at a distance of under 400 kilometres (249 miles) – of Typhoon Kompasu.
The tropical cyclone led to the Number 8 storm signal being raised in Macau at 10.30pm on Tuesday, thriggering a partial shutdown of public services. As of 9am today, Number 8 storm signal was still in place.
The Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau had already called off two other public sessions on the gaming law revision that had been due respectively for September 29 and October 9. Those meetings were cancelled citing effort to prevent the risk of Covid-19 infection, following a recent number of confirmed cases.
In its notice on the cancellation of today’s meeting, the regulator stated it would schedule a new session “as soon as possible”.
The city’s government has however said it will not extend the 45-day public consultation period on the gaming law revision, which began on September 15 and is due to run until October 29. Macau’s Secretary for Economy and Finance, Lei Wai Nong, told local media earlier this month that members of the community could still submit their opinions on the gaming law revision in writing.
The first face-to-face consultation session was on September 20, but was for gaming industry representatives, rather than the general public. A following three scheduled consultation sessions, to have been open to general public participation, have now been cancelled.
A final face-to-face consultation session for the general public is due to be held on October 19, according to the schedule announced by the government last month.
Meanwhile, three slot parlours in Macau have halted their respective operations as Typhoon Kompasu approached the city.
The local gaming regulator said that starting from 9.30pm on Tuesday, Mocha Kuong Fat, Mocha Macau Tower and Mocha Inner Harbour – all slot parlours close to low-lying coastal areas of Macau peninsula – had suspended their operations. The suspension announcement came shortly before the Number 8 storm signal.
Melco Resorts and Entertainment Ltd is the promoter of the Mocha slot clubs.
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