Thursday 24 September, 2020

Cinema! Spa! Sailing! Here is what you can look forward to from today

Effective today Cayman is officially in Level 2 Suppression.

This phase of suppression will be softened in three-phases; the next phase begins on July 5 2020, and the final phase begins on July 19 2020.

Here are the changes:

DAILY ACTIVITIES & RECREATION (Beaches and boating discussed further down)

Hard curfew is over.

Shelter in place is over.

Surname restrictions are over.

There will no longer be a prohibition for persons visiting each other’s homes. 

Persons will be now be allowed to exercise at any time but shall be subject to the public meeting and social distance requirements.

Strata and public pools can be accessed by persons from different households, subject to gatherings not exceeding 25 persons as well as persons observing social distancing requirements with persons from outside their households.

The definition of “public meeting” will change in Grand Cayman and gatherings of up to twenty-five persons will be permitted. In Cayman Brac there has been no change and twenty-five persons or less will continue to be able to gather. The social distance requirements will continue to apply. This does not relate to Little Cayman which has no such restrictions.

Persons will however still be required to maintain social distancing requirements and to wear a mask while indoors public places on all three islands.

BUSINESSES AND JOBS

Domestic helpers and caregivers will be allowed to return to work in people’s homes.

All establishments, institutions, businesses, churches, cinemas, theatres, beauty salons, barbers, spa/masseuse services, medical, dental offices (subject to approval from the Cayman Islands Medical Council), organisations and offices will be able to fully operate and must all observe the social distance requirements and enforce the wearing of masks by customers.

Even though offices can be opened, it is still advisable to have as many people who can continue to work from home.

Restaurants and bars in Grand Cayman continue to be able to serve customers on any patio or other outdoor area which forms a part of the premises of the bar or restaurant. But:

  1. Each table must be at least eight feet apart;
  2. Persons at a table must be seated at least six feet apart;
  3. No person shall be seated or served at an indoor counter in a bar or restaurant;
  4. Servers and front of house staff shall wear masks or cloth face coverings while serving customers; and
  5. A restaurant or bar will be permitted to operate within the hours of operation permitted by the Liquor Licensing Law (2019 Revision), the Sunday Trading Law (2014 Revision) and the Trade and Business Licensing Law (2019 Revision).
  6. Karaoke and dancing will not be allowed until after 19 July.

WEDDINGS AND FUNERALS

In Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac, persons will now be able to host or attend a wedding with no more than twenty-five persons other than the bride, bridegroom, official witnesses and the marriage officer. 

In Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac, persons will now be able to host or attend a funeral where there are no more than twenty-five persons in attendance other than the six pallbearers, at least one officiant and essential mortuary staff.

BEACHES AND BOATS

Persons at beaches will however still be subject to social distancing requirements and gatherings of no more than 25 persons.

As it relates to scuba diving and snorkelling, persons are asked to note that they not allowed to rent any scuba or snorkelling equipment, with the exception of dive tanks or buoyancy control equipment, to any customer for any scuba diving activity including for any training in scuba diving or snorkelling.

Persons in Grand Cayman will now be allowed to use a boat for any purpose once there are not more than ten persons on the boat.

Persons in Grand Cayman are still not allowed to travel for pleasure by boat to visit Cayman Brac or Little Cayman.

Persons are still not allowed to operate or manoeuvre a boat so as to congregate or gather with any other person on any other boat or vessel where the number of persons gathering exceeds 10 persons.

Persons are still not be allowed to congregate or conduct any boating activity in the waters in the areas specified in Starfish Point, Rum Point, the Sandbar and Stingray City until the date specified later.

Persons in Cayman Brac will now be allowed to use a boat subject to there not being more than ten persons on each boat.

Persons in Cayman Brac or Little Cayman are still not allowed to travel by boat for pleasure to visit Grand Cayman.

With regard to inter-island travel, persons in Grand Cayman are not permitted to travel by boat to Cayman Brac or Little Cayman, except for the transport of freight to Cayman Brac or Little Cayman.

INTER-ISLAND AIR TRAVEL

A person who wishes to travel from Grand Cayman to Cayman Brac or Little Cayman by air shall prior to travelling —

  • notify the Medical Officer of Health of the proposed travel,
  • remain at a place of isolation as specified by the Medical Officer of Health for a period of not less than fourteen days, and
  • be tested for the virus.

Persons will only be permitted to travel after receiving a test result which has been declared to be negative by the Medical Officer of Health.

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