All Easter camping and hanging out socially on beaches and elsewhere are officially cancelled. People should celebrate Easter as a religious festival staying at homes and in a socially distant way. Read more.
A British Airways flight coming from the U.K. is scheduled to leave on Tuesday afternoon. So far, 109 persons have sought to depart on the flight to London. Persons seeking to leave the islands should contact 244-3333. The cost per ticket is £500. Existing BA ticketing cannot be transferred since this flight is a UK-charter flight. However, BA would give vouchers for existing bookings. Read more.
Emergency supplementary funding, recently approved by Cabinet, will provide temporary food assistance to non-Caymanians who qualify and are unable to leave the Cayman Islands or who find themselves out of work due to the impact of COVID-19.
Work permit holders who need urgent support may apply for a food voucher.
For matters relating to support from the Needs Assessment Unit (NAU), contact NAUInfo@gov.ky or 946-0024. Anyone seeking to access services from the NAU as first-time client should first complete this pre-assessment form.
For free confidential legal advice on matters pertaining to domestic violence, immigration, maintenance, and matrimonial property please phone Legal Brefrienders on Tuesdays including 31 March, 7 April, 14 April, 21 April and 28 April from 5:30-6:30pm on 945 8869. For future information call the Family Resource Centre 949 0006
For more hotlines and support click here.
The Cayman Islands are currently under a daily "hard" curfew from 7pm until 5am and a "soft" curfew from 5:01am until 6:59pm, allowing limited movement during the daytime for essential purposes only. Read more.
For other essential businesses, check their website or social media to confirm opening hours and accommodations for the vulnerable and essential staff.
The Chamber of Commerce is also providing updates at chambercovidupdates.ky.
Local supplies are not running short. Only essential trips by one member of the household should be considered and children should stay home.
Social distancing is Caymankind. Stay at least 6 feet from any other person, no matter where you are. Read more.
If you entered the Cayman Islands on or after Monday, 16 March, you are required to self-isolate along with all other members of your household for 14 full days.
Any person who displays symptoms of coronavirus (coughing, fever, shortness of breath) or who has had contact with someone suspected to have coronavirus should also self-isolate for 14 days along with their household.
Read more on self-isolation here.
During times of crisis you may find that your moods and feelings are affected. It's okay not to be okay. Read more.
Caring professionals are here for you. Call 1-800-534-6463 (MIND) Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm to talk to our Mental Health Hotline.
Find out how to get other assistance you may need here.
Avoid all but essential travel until there is a measurable change in the global situation.
Local airports and sea ports are currently closed to all international passengers. There is also heightened concern with inter-island travel due to the high percentage of elderly persons residing in the Sister Islands. Read more.
During times of crisis, beyond the concerning headlines, bright spots often emerge through bursts of artistic activity. In an effort to stimulate local creativity and talent while planting seeds of financial support during this very difficult period, we are engaging your talents to produce a jingle which will help to connect the Cayman Islands Government with the local community in a creative and uplifting manner as we prepare for COVID-19. Read more.
POLICIES IN ACTION
For those shopping in supermarkets from Monday, 30 March:
- Adults with the last name beginning in A through K will be allowed to enter supermarkets in order to shop for essential goods on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
- Adults with the last name beginning in L through Z will be allowed to enter supermarkets in order to shop for essential goods on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Individuals with hyphenated or multiple surnames should use the first letter of the first surname. It is recommended that only one member of your household attend supermarkets in order to shop for your family. We strongly discourage taking children to the supermarkets. Read more about curfew rules here.
Referred to as "Shelter in Place", new regulations are in effect from Saturday, 28 March. The daytime "soft" curfew allows reasonable movement of persons between 5am and 7pm for essential activities such as access to supermarkets, pharmacies and banks and to exercise outdoors, including walking a pet, alone or with one other person who is a member of the same residence for up to 90 minutes. Read more.
The "hard" curfew remains in effect from 7pm in the evening until 5am in the morning each day. Persons are required to remain in their homes and premises during these hours unless the Commissioner of Police has exempted them from doing so in writing. Read more.
There are no exceptions to the requirement to maintain a distance of at least six feet (two metres) between individuals who are not members of the same household while in a public place. Essential establishments, institutions, businesses, organisations and offices that remain open must also provide for social distancing. Read more.
No more than 2 persons who are not members of the same household are allowed to gather in public. Private parties which include any person from outside of the immediate household are banned and private strata pools, strata gyms and playgrounds are to be closed.
Health care facilities, supermarkets, convenience stores and mini-marts, pharmacies, retail banks, building societies, credit unions and gas stations are exempt from the ban on public gatherings. However, the owner or operator must restrict the number of customers in order to maintain social distancing. No matter the size, convenience stores and mini-marts are limited to no more than 6 customers at any time.
Weddings are not to include 10 or more people other than the bride, groom, official witnesses and the marriage officer. Funerals are only allowed to be attended by up to 10 members of the immediate family, 6 pallbearers, at least 1 officiant, and essential mortuary staff.
While workplaces are not considered public places, only essential operations are open and even essential staff must work remotely at home if they are able.
Only essential establishments, institutions, businesses, organisations and offices are allowed to be open, hours are restricted, and social distancing provisions are required. Non-exempt operations must also comply with the ban on gatherings of more than 2 people (not including staff). Read more.
Supermarkets, convenience stores, mini-marts, pharmacies and gas or refilling stations are only allowed to operate between the hours of 6am and 6pm. Retail banks, building societies and credit unions are only allowed to operate between the hours of 9am and 1pm. Health care facilities are not restricted in their hours of operation.
Construction sites and works are banned apart from urgent home plumbing, electrical or roof repairs.
It is not permitted to visit a person who is in quarantine or isolation, a detainee in a prison or place of detention, or a patient in a health care facility.
Restaurants are only to provide drive-through services, take out, delivery or curb side collection of food. Food may only be collected from restaurants until 6pm. Delivery services are only allowed to operate until 9pm. Read more.
Public transportation services are currently suspended and bus depots are closed.
Taxis are limited to no more than 2 passengers to ensure each passenger is able to distance himself or herself as far as possible from the other passenger and the driver. Read more.