Several cultural facilities to be successively reopened

Cleaning and disinfection in all cultural facilities before its opening

The Cultural Affairs Bureau (IC, from the Portuguese acronym) will successively reopen several heritage sites, cultural and creative spaces and museums from 16 March (Monday), and will implement various crowd control measures to limit the number of visitors, in order to prevent the risk of novel coronavirus infection.

Several public libraries and museums under the auspices of IC have been reopened to the public since the beginning of March. Starting from 16 March, IC will successively reopen several cultural facilities, including World Heritage sites such as Mandarin’s House (only the ground floor andGift Shop will be open to the public), the Ruins of St. Paul’s (only the Largo da Companhia de Jesus will be open to the public), the Guia Fortress (only the outdoor space will be open to the public), the Tap Seac Gallery, the Mount Fortress Corridor and the Xian Xinghai Memorial Museum. The Lou Kau Mansion (only the ground floor will be open to the public), the Taipa Houses (including the Macanese Living Museum, Nostalgic House and Exhibitions Gallery), the Museum of Taipa and Coloane History and the Handover Gifts Museum of Macao, as well as the cultural space such as the Macao Fashion Gallery will reopen from 17 March. All guided tours, workshops and talks held at the cultural facilities are suspended.

In addition, various renovation and enhancement works are currently carried out in some cultural facilities, improving the conditions for future maintenance and visits, implementing the measure “Welfare-to-Work” of the SAR Government, and minimizing the influence to visitors. Currently, the cultural facilities under construction include the Museum of Sacred Art and Crypt, the Treasure of Sacred Art of the St. Dominic’s Church and General Ye Ting’s Former Residence.

In order to cooperate with the preventive measures, various crowd control measures will be implemented in the cultural facilities to limit the number of visitors. IC has strengthened the cleaning and disinfection in all facilities before its opening. Members of the public must wear their own face masks, take body temperature and present the health declaration before entering the facilities, as well as cooperate with the crowd control measures on-site.

Some of the cultural facilities will remain closed due to the space conditions. The reopening date of such facilities will be announced in due course. For updates, please visit IC’s website at www.icm.gov.mo, its official WeChat account “ICMacao” or “IC Art” page on Facebook.

Annex: Arrangements on the opening of the cultural facilities of the Cultural Affairs Bureau

Facilities

Reopening Dates

Enquiries (during office hours)

Mandarin’s House

16 March

Partially open (Only the ground floor andGift Shop will be open to the public)

8590 4316

Ruins of St. Paul’s

16 March

Partially open (Only the Largo da Companhia de Jesus will be open to the public)

8590 4316

Guia Fortress

16 March

Partially open (Only the outdoor space of the Fortress will be open to the public)

8590 4316

Tap Seac Gallery, Mount Fortress Corridor, Xian Xinghai Memorial Museum

16 March

8988 4000

Lou Kau Mansion

17 March

Partially open (Only the ground floor will be open to the public)

8590 4316

Taipa Houses (Macanese Living Museum, Nostalgic House and Exhibitions Gallery), Museum of Taipa and Coloane History

17 March

8988 4000

Handover Gifts Museum of Macao

8791 9814

Macao Fashion Gallery

2835 3341

Cultural facilities that have been partially reopened to the public earlier:

Macao Central Library, Sir Robert Ho Tung Library, S. Lourenço Library, Patane Library, Ilha Verde Library, Mong Há Library, Taipa Library, Wong Ieng Kuan Library in Taipa, Seac Pai Van Library, Library in Ho Yin Garden, Wong Ieng Kuan Library in Luís de Camões Garden, Wong Ieng Kuan Library in Areia Preta Urban Park, Reading Room of the Archives of Macao, Ticket office on the ground floor of the Macao Cultural Centre, Macao Museum, Macao Museum of Art, Cinematheque • Passion

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