Thursday 9 April, 2020

Minister Seymour: We could lose 800-people if we don't follow orders

Caymanians are urged to observe the government's shelter In place orders. If they do not do so, based on official statistics, Cayman could lose 800-people.

The revised curfew, as announced in this morning’s press briefing, will commence at 7PM this evening and will go until 5AM tomorrow morning. 

The shelter in place order that was provided for this morning, stated that all non-essential businesses are required to close and all non-essential personnel should stay home.

The premier announced that this order resulted in thousands of requests for exemptions.

The premier has indicated that “the message has not gotten through to the private sector” and that it would be pointless to put in this order if all of the requests were granted.

As a result, the shelter in place order cannot be put into place this evening. This will be grappled with overnight, indicated the premier. 

The premier indicated that, “we are not going to allow economic considerations to kill our people.” He warned that if the private sector does not fall into line, he will be forced to move to a 24-hour curfew.

The consideration of the shelter in place provisions will be addressed tomorrow.

All emergency, police, security, fire, prison, Customs and Border control, Health City, Doctor’s Hospital, supermarkets, Department of Environmental Health, utilities & infrastructure and restaurants that offer delivery are considered to be essential services that will be exempted.

Restaurants that offer delivery will be allowed to do so until 9PM. 

It is likely that tomorrow the numbers associated with the public gathering regulations will be reduced from 10 to 2.

What is a shelter in place order?

Sheltering in place means staying at home. This order is necessary to slow the rate of spread of coronavirus. 

People should stay in their homes unless they need to leave for “essential” activities and work. The order details that violating the mandate is a misdemeanor punishable by fine of $3000 or a year in prison or both.

“We are supposed to lose 800-people if we don’t put these measures in place,” said Minister of Health, the Honourable Dwayne Seymour.

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