Tuesday 2 June, 2020

Evacuation flights have reduced Cayman's population by 551

According to Cayman Islands' governor, Martyn Roper, 921 people have departed the Cayman Islands on evacuation flights and 370 Cayman residents and citizens have returned to Cayman on repatriation flights since Cayman's borders were closed. This has resulted in a 551- person reduction to Cayman's population, as a result of the population impact of evacuation and repatriation flights.

If projections from the Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce are accurate, a two-month lockdown would result in a population reduction by an excess of 5,000, due to the loss of jobs by work permit holders. Not included in that figure are the resident-family members of those foreign nationals who are expected to lose their jobs as a result of the pandemic.

Flights left to Costa Rica and Honduras today. A Miami flight will depart on May 15 and another will depart to the Dominican Republic on May 17. Future evacuation flights are being planned to other countries, which will result in ongoing adjustments to these figures.

The current population of the Cayman Islands is 65,606 as of Friday, May 8, 2020, based on the latest United Nations estimates.

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