With 10 confirmed Wuhan coronavirus cases in Macau, the government has declared a 15-day temporary shut-down of all casinos and most entertainment venues around the city, impacting thousands of casino workers.
A cease in operations for 15 days is bad for business, but Alvin Chau (周焯華), chairman of Suncity Group, promised his employees that the shut down will not affect their salaries or benefits.
In a memo he released to all company workers, Alvin reassured his employees that he will not be demanding them to take unpaid leave, and also announced that he will not be reducing salaries. The 15-day mandatory leave will be treated as a “special paid vacation”, and that it will not affect the employees’ vacation accrual for the year.
“Just like in 2014, just like last year, this time is no exception,” he said. “The company is in the same line of battle with you. We’re in this together […] a company’s biggest wealth is to have a team with good morale and high spirits.”
He also encouraged all employees to follow preventative measures recommended by the government, such as staying home and not attend mass gatherings. He shared that he has purchased over 400,000 face masks to distribute to the employees upon their return to work. He will also establish sanitation teams in all offices and other important areas of contact.
“To all employees, thank you all for facing this challenge together with the company! Let us not be afraid of the storm in adversity, so when circumstances fall to our favor we can stand up strong again.”
As one of the wealthiest men in Asia, Alvin Chau’s net worth is estimated to be around US$2 billion. He infamously dated Mandy Lieu while being married to businesswoman Heidi Chan (陳慧玲).
In addition to closing casinos, Macau has also closed down most of its borders with mainland China. All sea links between Macau and Hong Kong are suspended.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.