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June 22, 2021

Law raises the minimum age from 18 to 21

New casino entry age kicks in today in Macao

(Macau).- From today, only people above 21 years of age are allowed to enter in casinos premises. The new law raising the age limit to enter and work in casinos came into effect today. It also includes a provision that allows people to request a voluntary casino entry ban.

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newly-promulgated law, which raises the minimum age to enter and work in a casino from 18 to 21 years, came into effect on Thursday in Macao Special Administrative Region. According to the law, anyone under the age of 21 found in a casino would be fined between us$ 125 and us$ 1,253) for breaking the law, while the respective casino company would be fined between us$ 1,253 and us$ 62,650) for not complying with its supervisory duties.

However, existing casino employees under the age of 21 will not be affected by the ban.

The new rules were passed by the Legislative Assembly of Macao in August and scheduled to take effect on November 1. The government said the goal of the law was to ensure that local youths would not be influenced by the adverse effects of gambling until they are "mentally mature."

Macau’s gaming regulator said in a statement yesterday that it will send out its inspectors to provide necessary assistance while casino employees are checking the age of those entering

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