Saturday 4 July, 2020

With hotels catering to staycations, govt needs quarantine facilities

With staycation season finally here, government is seeking additional room stock to serve as quarantine facilities in which to house Caymanians, Permanent Residents, and others who have been making their homes in the Cayman Islands, upon their return from other countries.

"While we are extremely grateful to those organisations that have helped us to provide the mandatory isolation service for the last three months, we know that many are working to free up room stock ahead of what is expected to be a high demand for staycations this summer," said the Premier at Friday's coronavirus press briefing.

To help address this issue, a Request For Information (RFI) was published on Thursday, on the Government’s Bonfire procurement system, for providing isolation room stock. Facilities will be leased/ rented for an initial period of two months with possible extensions based on the volume of need.

The RFI will expire on July 9.

Some Caymanian students are only just getting an opportunity to come home having finished their classes. Meanwhile, others need to head off within the next few weeks, some for the first time. After getting their children settled overseas, parents will require isolation when they return home. Meanwhile, as Cayman gets ready for the new school year starting at the end of the summer, there are also teachers and their families who need to arrive and get settled in before school can open. To make this work government needs available room stock.

The needs of Caymanians who have to routinely travel away to and from these Islands for health-related reasons will also have to be accommodated with the additional room stock.

The new entity, Travel Time will become operational as of July 1 to help facilitate this process.

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