Macau keeps border open for workers, despite call for closureLocal | 4 Feb 2020 1:28 pm
After Hong Kong shut four border control points, the Macau government said it has no plan to close the border due to the significant amount of foreign workers traveling between home and work.
According to the Public Security Police Force, which oversees immigration matters in Macau, an average of 35,000 foreign workers cross the border to their workplaces in Macau and home in Zhuhai.
Nonetheless, the government has been in constant discussion with the private sector, which was encouraged to provide temporary housing for foreign workers who live on the north side of Macau.
“This measure is introduced to lower [the number of] border crossings,” explained Ao Ieong, Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture and vice president of the government’s epidemic control work group.
But, leading the call for a complete closure of the border to mainland residents, especially those arriving from Hubei, are lawmakers Sulu Sou and Agnes Lam. Both lawmakers have handed petitions to the government calling for added measures on border control to effectively prevent further propagation of the virus within Macau.
Social affairs commentator Larry So told the Macau Daily Times that he agrees with the appeal coming from civil society and its representatives.
“I think the border should be more restricted in the sense that when we have a lot of people going out or coming in, this contributes to a [possible] continuous flow of the virus in and out of Macau. This is not contributing to the control of the virus spread,” So said.