Tuesday 2 June, 2020

Cloth masks being distributed to everyone in Cayman

Currently, an initiative is underway to provide reusable cloth masks to all members of the community within the Cayman Islands.

Via one of the clusters in the National Emergency Operations Center (NEOC), 100K reusable cloth masks have been procured – 50K from a supplier in Jamaica and 50K from Hanes, a Company in the USA.   The DART group has been instrumental in helping the government to procure the masks from Hanes.

Police and Community Support Officers of the RCIPS, under the leadership of Inspector Myles, commenced distribution of the masks door-to-door across all three islands earlier last week and by the end of the day yesterday a total of 2,735 masks had been distributed - 600 in the Sister Islands and 2,135 in Grand Cayman.

The distribution will continue until all households in all three islands have been supplied with masks. Flyers with instructions for the care and proper use of the masks are also being provided to ensure maximum effectiveness.

These masks have also been provided to frontline essential services personnel within many public safety and other customer-facing agencies including the Police, Prison, Border Control, Airports Authority and Water Authority. They will also be included in the return-to-work PPE kits for all Govt. entities, including SAGCs, in preparation for phased reactivation.

To ensure access to supermarkets, as of Friday, Police Officers have been on-site at all locations and will have a limited supply of disposable masks to give anyone who comes without one. This can be donned immediately, and the reusable cloth mask can be reused after it has been washed, as per the instructions on the accompanying flyer.

Positive feedback has already been received from persons across the islands who received their masks within the last few days and Officers will continue their door-to-door visits over the long weekend to take advantage of the fact that more people will be at home. 

Additionally, all MLAs were supplied with additional disposable masks on Wednesday of last week for distribution within their constituencies. 

These initiatives are but another measure being taken to ensure the health and wellness of all persons. 

The Minister of Health reminds the public that, "In addition to wearing a mask, you must continue to practice good hand hygiene, proper respiratory etiquette and adhere to the prescribed minimum social distancing requirements."

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