8,000+ gradually back to work & lift of beach ban being considered
As part of government's phased reopening as per continued positive screening results on Grand Cayman, the island is expected to reopen further as of this Tuesday.
The next segment to be reopened, but gradually and phased, is the development and construction industry, which will release about 8,000 workers. This will regenerate the economy and sustain employment in the Islands in the coming weeks.
A plan for screening construction workers will be announced shortly. For instance, sanitation facilities will be required to be implemented at construction sites so that workers are able to wash hands, get and eat food with minimal risk to their co-workers.
To support construction, home depots will be opened in the next phase as well. This move will increase the number of customers shopping indoors and therefore the risk for community transmission. Physical distancing rules will be enforced.
The government continues to stress that the sacrifices that have been made cannot be thrown away by mass reopening. Lessons can be learned from other areas opening their communities.
Continued community patience is requested as the aim is to reopen more “relatively soon” but in a careful phased manner.
Government is also considering lifting the Sunday hard curfew and the beach ban.
A full 24-hour hard curfew as it relates to Beach Access to Public Beaches on Grand Cayman remains in place through to Friday, May 15 at 5 am. This prohibits any person from entering, walking, swimming, snorkelling, fishing or engaging in any type of marine activity on any public beach on Grand Cayman. The public will be advised on the decisions made around these curfews as soon as official information is released.