Friday 25 September, 2020

You can now visit Stingray city... other changes announced...

New rules will come into effect in the Cayman Islands today. The changes pertain to arrangements for visitors to hospitals, residential care homes and prisons and remove the ban on vessels accessing Rum Point, Starfish Point, Sandbar and Stingray City. 

Persons found in contravention of these rules could be subject to a fine of $1,000 and six months imprisonment.

The changes are as follows:

Visitations to those in Quarantine or Isolation

The Prevention, Control and Suppression of COVID-19 (Partial Lifting of Restrictions) (No.3) (Amendment) Regulations, 2020, state that only those with written permission from the Medical Officer of Health or charged with monitoring/managing a person in quarantine, may access a quarantine or isolation facility in Grand Cayman or Cayman Brac.   

Such persons must follow the directions of the management of the facility as pertains to social distancing and the wearing of PPE (personal protective equipment). For home isolation, social distancing must be observed and PPE must be worn, as directed by the Medical Officer of Health.

Visiting a health facility

Visiting a health facility in Grand Cayman or Cayman Brac will also necessitate observing social distancing and wearing PPE, as per management directions.

The regulations specify that visitors to patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 require written permission from the Medical Officer of Health, are restricted to visiting the specified patient only, and must follow all rules pertaining to social distancing and wearing PPE.     

Visiting residential care homes

For residential care homes, prospective visitors must return a negative test for COVID-19 to the satisfaction of the Medical Officer of Health, within three days before the intended visit. During the visit, six feet of distance must be maintained between the visitor and all other persons, including the person they are visiting.

Visting the prison or detention centre

Visitors to persons held in prison or a detention centre in Grand Cayman or Cayman Brac must be a relative of the detainee. Persons must return a negative test for COVID-19 to the satisfaction of the Medical Officer of Health, within three days of the intended visit. They must also follow direction from the Director of Prisons regarding social distancing and the wearing of PPE (or the Medical Officer of Health when falling outside the remit of the Director of Prisons).

Boat access to Rum Point, Starfish Point, Sandbar and Stingray City

The prohibition on boat access to: Rum Point, Starfish Point, Sandbar and Stingray City has been removed.

Members of the public are reminded that conditions for using a boat in Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac limit passenger size to no more than 50 persons or half the vessel’s maximum capacity, whichever is smaller. The regulations stipulate physical distancing of six feet between members of different households must be maintained. Congregating so more than 50 persons are present in one location is prohibited.

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