Macau’s gaming regulator, DICJ, put out a notice today clarifying that a certain video circulating on social media was another example of “fake news” related to one of the concessionaires. In the video, which can be seen here, rows of temporary beds have been squeezed into one of the meeting halls at the Venetian Macao, with the suggestion being that these are where non-resident workers coming back from Zhuhai will be accommodated by Sands China. In fact, the video was taken more than two years ago during the crisis caused by Typhoon Hato. Sands China also responded, expressing its dismay about the posts, and providing photographs to refute the claims.
The DICJ urged members of the public this morning not to circulate such videos without verifying their accuracy and authenticity first.
Sands China then released a statement, saying:
“Sands China wishes to clarify that the video in question was taken during a typhoon in the past and shows a temporary rest area prepared for team members on duty. The company takes the health and wellbeing of team members very seriously, and is committed to taking welfare measures such as providing hotel accommodations for team members in need of temporary housing during this difficult time of the novel coronavirus outbreak.”
Just to remove any lingering doubt, the company provided updated photos of what its meeting rooms look like at present – which is, not surprisingly, empty.
“Sands China expresses concern over the misleading information about the company which has been circulating and subsequently causing unnecessary anxiety among the public, at a time when the company is fully committed to its virus-fighting efforts. Sands China wishes to clarify that the rumour is not true, and reserves the right to take legal action.”
“Sands China reiterates that the company has implemented a series of preventive measures across its properties in order to safeguard the health and safety of guests and team members – in accordance with guidelines from the Health Bureau and the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau.”