Wynn Macau casino hotel faces smoking probe

  • Casino operated by Wynn Macau Ltd allegedly in breach of smoking ban rules
  • Breach relates to a failure to comply with a 2012 plan regarding the layout of ‘no smoking’ signs

The Wynn Macau casino resort is under investigation by Macau’s Health Bureau for alleged breaches of the city’s public smoking ban.

Wynn Macau casino hotel faces smoking probe
Wynn Macau casino hotel faces smoking probe

According to a press statement issued by the bureau on Thursday, the operators failed to ensure that ‘no smoking’ signs were posted inside its casino.

The statement follows a joint inspection of the Wynn Macau casino by the Health Bureau and the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau triggered by an anonymous complaint that the facility was not in compliance with a government-approved blueprint dating back to 2012 that sets out in which areas of the casino smoking was allowed.

The Bureau’s statement also alleged that some smoking areas and non-smoking areas were not clearly separated.

According to the Bureau, an official notification has been issued to the Steve Wynn owned Wynn Macau Ltd.

Failure to post ‘no smoking’ signs correctly can carry a fine of anywhere between MOP10,000 (US$1,250) and MOP100,000, according to Macau law.

New regime

Smoking on mass casino floors was banned by the Macau government in October 2014, although enclosed smoking lounges were permitted in some casino floors.

According to official statistics, 613 people have been fined for smoking in unauthorised areas inside the Macau casinos so far in 2017.

A new regime for smoking in public places introduced by the Macau Legislative Assembly in July this year, which banned tableside smoking in VIP and high roller areas, but allowed casino operators to apply for permission to build smoking lounges that must be free of gambling in high-roller areas as well as on mass casino floors.

According to the new Regime on Tobacco Prevention and Control, which is set to come into effect on January 1, 2018, all casinos in the city will be given twelve months to fit smoking lounges in their VIP areas and all lounges will have to meet strict new standards.

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