Tuesday 11 August, 2020

Ministry of Commerce provides clarification on public gathering ban

Further to the announcement of a temporary ban on all public gatherings of 50 people or more, the Ministry of Commerce has provided clarification around some of the stipulations of the new restrictions.

Government's temporary ban on public gathering, as stated in the Public Health (Control and Suppression of Covid-19) Regulations, 2020 is being implemented in order to limit opportunities for large groups to congregate so as to reduce the spread of coronavirus. The strategy aims to delay the peak of confirmed cases in order to lessen the strain on the health sector.

The clarifications are as follows:

Staff members are not included in the numbers for establishments such as

  • Bars
  • Restaurants
  • Hotels

The Ministry has further clarified that the 50 people gathered at any establishment should include those inside and outside.

Business establishments must have the necessary food safety and sanitary protocols in place and seek advice from the Public Health Department, where needed.

In addition, hotels across the Islands are being asked to restrict restaurant service only to their guests.

In light of the ban, Commerce Minister Hon. Joey Hew is urging the industry to act responsibly and help contain the spread of the coronavirus. " We all have to use an elevated sense of caution as we respond to this situation so as to protect ourselves and the people of the Cayman Islands," he said.

Anyone found breaking 50 people in public spaces ban will be guilty of a criminal offence and faces a fine of $1,000 and six-months imprisonment.

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