The Gaming Inspection And Coordination Bureau (DICJ) of Macau has reportedly revealed that it has reached a preliminary consensus regarding the introduction of new rules that would prohibit gaming workers from entering casinos outside of their normal working hours.

According to a report from the Teledifusao De Macau television and radio broadcaster, Paulo Martins Chan, Director for the DICJ, revealed that his department still needs more time in order to collect public opinion on the issue and is especially keen to hear from dealers.

Following the revelation that an initial position had been reached, a local croupier association suggested that the passage of such out-of-hours legislation could lead to dealers losing their jobs and urged the government to further clarify its stance and what punishments could await those who are found to have broke the rules.

“It’s not decided yet,” Chan told the broadcaster. “We’re still collecting the opinions of the public [and] in particular the dealer community. It depends on the situation. We have to see what is going on and we have to collect the ideas of the various parties involved so that one single opinion will not prevail.”