Severity: Critical Alert

Entry/Exit: Officials in Cayman Islands expand curfew orders through at least April 17, to curb spread of COVID-19. Travel restrictions remain in place.

This alert affects Cayman Islands

This alert began 03 Apr 2020 13:45 GMT and is scheduled to expire 17 Apr 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Movement restrictions
  • Location(s): Territorywide (map)
  • Time Frame: Through at least April 17
  • Impact: Travel restrictions, movement restrictions, significant transport and business disruptions

Summary
Authorities in the Cayman Islands have extended and expanded a previously imposed curfew order through at least April 17, as part of the territory's efforts to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Residents must remain inside their houses every day between 1900-0700. Authorities have issued the following instructions for times between 0700-1900:

  • People with surnames starting with letters between A-K will be allowed to leave their homes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays to perform essential tasks or to attend a medical issue.
  • People with surnames starting with letters between L-Z will be allowed to leave their homes on Tuesdays Thursdays, and Saturdays to perform essential tasks or to attend a medical issue.
  • On Sundays all residents must stay at home for 24 hours.


People who work in essential businesses or services will be allowed to leave their homes throughout the duration of the curfew. Other restrictions, including the suspension of public transport and a ban of gatherings of two or more people, will remain in place throughout the duration of the curfew orders.

Officials had previously announced a ban for all foreign nationals arriving at the islands. As a result of this ban, all passenger international flights at Owen Roberts International Airport (GCM) and Charles Kirkconnell International Airport (CYB) have been suspended until further notice. Cruises and private vessels have also been banned from entering the Cayman Islands until at least May 16. Cargo flights, couriers, air ambulance services, and cargo ships continue to operate. Fishing vessels will not be allowed into the Cayman Islands, and the crews of those fishing vessels that had departed before the current restrictions were imposed will need to quarantine on board their vessels for 14 days upon their return.

Authorities may take additional measures or extend the current ones in the coming weeks, especially if the spread of COVID-19 continues. The measures in place will significantly impact business and transport in the country, with larger than usual police presence in the streets. All restrictions are subject to amendment at short notice.

Background and Analysis
The measures taken by the officials in the Cayman Islands correspond with similar actions taken by other regional governments in recent days in response to the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). COVID-19 is a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV). Symptoms occur 1-14 days following exposure (average of 3-7 days). These symptoms include fever, fatigue, cough, difficulty breathing, sometimes worsening to pneumonia and kidney failure - especially in those with underlying medical conditions. On March 11, the WHO declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.

Advice
Strictly heed the instructions of authorities. Avoid all nonessential operations in the areas impacted by the measures. Confirm appointments. Remain courteous and cooperative if approached and questioned by law enforcement officers.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

Resources
World Health Organization (WHO): www.who.int

Cayman Islands Government: www.gov.ky

Cayman Islands Government - Updated Curfew Orders: www.gov.ky/portal/page/portal/cighome/pressroom/archive/April%202020/thursday-2-april-update

Cayman Islands - COVID-19 Guidelines: www.cbc.gov.ky/images/documents/COVID19_Government_Booklet_ISSUE_1_-_APRIL_1_-_LR_.pdf