(CNN) – Macau’s gambling hub will allow bars, restaurants, lounges, gyms and entertainment venues to reopen on Tuesday, August 2, lifting a worldwide Covid-19 lockdown that lasted more than a month.
Authorities said the decision came after nine consecutive days of no reported community infections within the special administration region and more than 14 rounds of mass Covid-19 testing.
From Tuesday, people will be required to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within the previous 72 hours to enter most countries.
More than 90% of Macau residents are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, according to data from the city’s Health Bureau. But authorities in the gambling hub are closely following China’s “zero-Covid” policy, which aims to suppress outbreaks with mass testing and site closures when cases are reported.
Gambling is the lifeblood of Macau, a small southern Chinese city that depends on millions of tourists from mainland China.
Since June 18, when the latest outbreak began, 1,821 cases have been reported in Macau, health authorities said on Sunday. The case numbers seem small compared to coronavirus surges elsewhere, but it was the largest outbreak the city has faced to date.
Macau is completely closed to all visitors except residents of Hong Kong, Taiwan and mainland China. Most people must be quarantined for 10 days upon arrival – however, some low-risk areas in mainland China are exempt.
CNN’s Beijing bureau contributed to this report.