Severity: Critical Alert
Entry/Exit: Cayman Islands maintains varied movement restrictions on Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman, as of May 13, due to COVID-19.
This alert affects Cayman Islands
This alert began 13 May 2020 10:35 GMT and is scheduled to expire 01 Jun 2020 23:59 GMT.
- Incident: Restrictions
- Location(s): Territorywide (map)
- Time Frame: Indefinite
- Impact: Significant transport and business disruptions, increased security
Authorities in the Cayman Islands are maintaining varied movement restrictions and curfew measures on Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman as of May 13 until further notice. The restrictions are part of the territory's continued efforts to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Some measures remain standard across the islands: businesses, establishments, and individuals in public are required to keep people 6 feet or 2 meters away from each other, and all persons are required to use face mask or other face coverings in public. Other restrictions have been eased on Cayman Brac and Little Cayman as of May 7 and May 5 respectively; however, stricter measures are still being enforced on Grand Cayman:
Grand Cayman: A hard curfew will be enforced nightly 2000-0500, as well as for 24 hours on Sundays, until further notice. Residents are not to leave their homes during these times unless the Commissioner of Police has exempted them. A soft curfew will be in place 0500-2000 Mondays-Saturdays, during which time residents will be allowed to stock up on essential goods and to attend to other authorized business. Beaches are to remain closed on the island. Residents are allowed to exercise outside their homes for up to 1.5 hours a day 0515-0700. Officials will maintain the existing shopping schedule for essential goods until further notice:
- Surnames beginning with A-K: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
- Surnames beginning with L-Z: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays
Cayman Brac: A hard curfew will be enforced nightly 2000-0500. Businesses, churches, and other public places are required to restrict the number of persons inside so that individuals can maintain at least 2 meters (6 feet) from each other. Leisure, recreational, faith, service club, community, and civic organisations may hold meetings with no more than 25 people. Bars may operate at 50 percent capacity. Restaurants are limited to outdoor areas only. These measures will be in effect through May 31.
Little Cayman: No curfew measures are in place. Business and public institutions and facilities are required to restrict the number of persons inside so that individuals are able to maintain at least 2 meters or 6 feet from each other. These measures will be in effect through May 31.
Additionally, all individuals arriving on the islands will be subject to health screenings and quarantine protocols. All international commercial passenger flights remain suspended at Owen Roberts International Airport (GCM) and Charles Kirkconnell International Airport (CYB) until at least the end of August. Officials have also banned cruises and private vessels from entering the Cayman Islands until the end of August. Evacuation flights, cargo flights, air couriers, air ambulance services, and cargo ships continue to operate. Fishing vessels will not be allowed into the Cayman Islands, and the crews of fishing vessels that had departed before officials imposed the current restrictions will need to quarantine on board their vessels for 14 days upon their return.
Severe business and transport disruptions are likely to continue even with the easing of some restrictions. 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), a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV). On March 11, the WHO declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic. Officials in the Cayman Islands began gradually relaxing internal restrictions May 4 to allow some economic recovery. The exact nature of the structure and proceedings of the phased reopenings have not been disclosed. Should the number of COVID-19 cases significantly increase, officials may reapply the relaxed restrictions. Likewise, a continued low number of cases may result in further relaxation of restrictions.
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.