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COVID-19 In The Cayman Islands

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COVID-19 Vaccines

Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccination schedule. Read who can receive the vaccine and when in the Cayman Islands.

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Latest Advice

There are 5 levels of suppression

The details are are unique to each island, and two islands may be on the same level at the same time but have different provisions. See below for the specific details.

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You can read the suppression levels here.

 

 

In the Cayman Islands no more than 1,000 people may gather outdoors and 500 indoors.

Public and processions and festive ceremonies are banned at all times, no matter how many people are involved. Uniformed and youth organisations are not included in the procession ban.

Read more on prevention measures here.

No more than 500 people may gather to exercise together indoors, and 1,000 outdoors. 

If you test positive for COVID-19, you might feel worried about your privacy and want to remain anonymous. Your privacy is important and your healthcare providers and public health officials will always respect this. Click here to learn how the Government and other healthcare workers keep your information confidential and the importance of privacy when it comes to COVID-19 testing.

The Office of the Ombudsman is aware of concerns that individuals are seeking to identify, and even publicly expose, people who are infected with COVID-19. Aside from the moral, ethical and societal implications surrounding the stigma associated with naming and shaming another human being, there are legal implications if sensitive personal data is made public. Read more

You may wear a mask or cloth face covering outside of your own home. See also When & Why To Wear A Mask In The Cayman Islands.

As of Thursday, 15 July, 2021 some businesses may require you to wear a mask or face covering. Businesses have the authority to require any person who visits their establishment to wear a mask and to refuse entry to any person who refuses to do so.

In certain places, you may be required to wear a mask or cloth face covering. These include:

  • health care facilities
  • residential home care facilities
  • prisons or places of detention
  • airports

The Medical Officer of Health may also allow the owner or operator of other types of public places to require masks. If so, a notice will be issued and this website will be updated to reflect the current policy.

When using a taxi, omnibus or school bus, the driver and all passengers must wear a mask or cloth face covering at all times.

If you have an urgent need to travel between the Cayman Islands and any other destination, please click here to contact Travel Cayman

Ensuring minimum impact of the COVID-19 virus on the Cayman Islands is the highest priority for the Cayman Islands Government, and this includes consideration on when borders will re-open.

From October 1, Phase 1 of travel will extend the categories of persons eligible to visit will  beyond Caymanians, permanent residents, work permit holders and their families, to also include:

  •  persons who own residential property within the Cayman Islands; and
  •  other approved visitors approved via the Travel Cayman process

Due to the fluid nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, border opening and arrivals decisions will continue to be evaluated and the process is subject to change. Travellers are advised to check this website frequently for the latest news and information prior to confirming travel plans.

Direct Airline Bookings

The Cayman Islands Government is aware that some airline websites are offering flights to the Cayman Islands and accepting future bookings. The public is reminded that while the Cayman Islands borders remain closed, approval has not been granted for the operation of any commercial flights. Travellers who make reservations directly with any airline while the Islands borders are closed are doing so at their own risk. It should also be noted that airline vouchers issued by other airlines for such flights are not transferrable to the British Airways repatriation flights, nor are they valid for use on Cayman Airways.

Developed by the Ministry of Health in consultation with the Public Health Department, these guidelines provide measures to prevent the spread of any potential community cases and facilitate a phased and safe re-entry of Cayman’s workforce. The guidelines should be reviewed in light of current government guidance.

As educational institutions and facilities resume operations, guidelines have also been issued for schools and early childhood care and education centres. Read more on our Education Guidance page.

Click here to see all of our guidance

Flights to Cayman Brac and Little Cayman are provided by Cayman Airways and are from Grand Cayman only. No international flights are currently landing in Cayman Brac.

Persons may travel between Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman without being tested for the COVID-19 virus provided that they are not showing any respiratory or other symptoms associated with COVID-19.

To book inter-island travel contact Cayman Airways directly at www.caymanairways.com

From October 1, during the first phase of the phased border reopening, all travellers returning from overseas will be required to undergo quarantine on Grand Cayman before traveling to the sister islands.

Read more here.

 

Policies In Action

As of 4:30am on Sunday, 21 June 2020, all "hard" curfew orders have been revoked in the Cayman Islands. 

The "soft curfew" or "Shelter in Place" provisions have also been lifted and no longer apply to any of the Islands.

However, Regulations under the Public Health Law continue to provide for certain restrictions and requirements. Read more.

These restrictions are in place under the Prevention, Control and Suppression of COVID-19, 2021. These Regulations came into effect on 21 January 2021.

Restrictions on businesses and operations at this time include but are not limited to:

  • Educational establishments and facilities, including summer camps and vacation bible schools, may operate subject to relevant guidelines.
  • Visitation is restricted at health care facilities, prisons and places of detention, isolation facilities, and residential care homes in Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac.
  • Exercise and contact sports are permitted subject to public gathering restrictions on participants and spectators. 
  • A boat may not operate with no more than 500 persons or the legal maximum capacity, whichever is lesser. Boats are not permitted to congregate if more than 500 people are gathered in total or to conduct activities in certain areas.
  • Taxis and omnibuses may operate on the condition that all drivers and passengers wear face masks or cloth face coverings.
  • In some public places you may be required to wear a mask or face covering. These include healthcare facilities, residential care home facilities, prisons and airports. In other public places, if you wish to wear a mask or cloth face covering, you cannot be denied entry by the owner or operator. Some Businesses may require you to wear a mask and can refuse entry if you do not.
  • Businesses shall not use or permit the use of a hookah, shisha pipe or water pipe.
  • Scuba or snorkelling equipment for any activity in Grand Cayman, including training in scuba diving or snorkelling, may be rented but under certain restrictions in place. Read more.

Businesses no longer require curfew exemptions or permission from the Competent Authority ("Curfew Time") in order to open. However, owners and operators must be aware of restrictions and requirements that continue to apply to their specific operations. Read more

As of Tuesday, 25 August 2020, social distancing is not legally required in public spaces in the Cayman Islands. Persons may or may not choose to practice social distancing as they judge best.

It is recommended to maintain distancing where possible, especially in public places, if you are in a vulnerable group or visiting with the elderly and vulnerable. It is always recommended to maintain distancing from strangers, the elderly, and the vulnerable.

No more than 1,000 persons are allowed to gather in public outdoors and 500 indoors. 

Parades, including carnival parades, still prohibited, regardless of location and the number of persons participating, and require the express approval of the Cabinet via regulation to occur. There is no prohibition on parties, stage shows, concerts and other social activities related to parades, however.

 

Effective June 23rd, mandatory quarantine has been reduced from ten to five days for those vaccinated by the HSA or where securely verified. Unvaccinated travellers and for those where the vaccination certificate cannot be
securely verified are required to complete a 14-day quarantine period.

A 72-hour pre-arrival PCR test is required for all inbound passengers as well as testing at the end of the quarantine period. Read more

 

 

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What is COVID-19?

The Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus, which was first identified in Wuhan City, China in 2019. The COVID-19 virus (which is called SARS-CoV-2) is a member of the coronavirus family (a group of viruses) that has never been encountered before. 

 

What Are the Symptoms?

The virus most commonly causes:

  • coughing 
  • fever
  • tiredness
  • breathing difficulties
  • loss of smell and taste

These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually but commonly occur within 1-10 days after a person has been exposed.

Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell. Around one out of every six people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. 

While it is not legally required to socially distance in the Cayman Islands, it is recommended to maintain distancing where possible, especially in public places, if you are in a vulnerable group or visiting with the elderly and vulnerable. It is always recommended to maintain distancing from strangers, the elderly, and the vulnerable.

 

How Do I Get More Information?

This official Cayman Islands Government website includes a lot of helpful information that is constantly being updated, including answers to Frequently Asked Questions and details of Policies in Action across the Cayman Islands. We also have a list of helplines for critical services.

If you have medical questions, many resources are available on this website and at hsa.ky/coronavirus. If you can't find what you're looking for or have a question about your specific situation, contact your General Practitioner. If you have a medical emergency dial 911.

 

Regional Tracker & WHO Situation Reports

Get updates from the Pan American Health Organization here. Get global updates from the World Health Organization here.

 

 

The COVID-19 Vaccination Programme

The COVID-19 vaccination roll-out has begun in the Cayman Islands.

On Wednesday, 10 March, Premier, Hon Alden McLaughlin, His Excellency the Governor, Martyn Roper, Minister of Health, Hon Dwyane Seymour, and Minister for Finance, Hon Roy McTaggart, provided an update on the National Vaccination Programme, traveller quarantine protocols and government’s financial year.

 

You can read more about the COVID-19 vaccines available in the Cayman Islands here or by clicking on the some of the relevant links below:

1. How effective and safe is this COVID-19 vaccine?

2. Will I get side effects with the Covid-19 vaccine?

3. Who can get the COVID-19 vaccine?

4. How much does it cost to get vaccinated?

5. I have had COVID-19 already, do I need to get vaccinated?

6. Will the COVID-19 vaccine be compulsory?

7. Where do I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

8. More questions

household guidance

Guidance for households with possible COVID-19 infection. Read more

vulnerable people
Information for vulnerable people at high risk and their carers. Read more
business guidance

Information on COVID-19 and guidance for businesses. Read more

education guidance
COVID-19 information for schools and other educational settings. Read more
travel advice

Travel advice and restrictions from the Cayman Islands Government. Read more

mental wellbeing
Information on maintaining your mental well-being and safety. Read more
latest news

Information for the public, including on the current situation in the Cayman Islands. Read more

public health info

An explanation of how COVID-19 is spread and how to avoid catching or spreading the virus. Read more

resurces and downloads

Download our graphics, videos, informational booklets and other resources on COVID-19. Read more

frontline staff

Information for front-line and essential workers in the Cayman Islands. Read more

policies in action

Information the public on COVID-19 policies in Cayman Islands. Read more

get help

Hotlines and contact details for information and support in Cayman Islands. Read more

COVID-19 FAQs

 

What is COVID-19? 

The information and studies we are receiving on COVID-19 grow by the day, and so does the understanding. The advice from our Chief Medical Officer is that shared by national public health agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control in the USA, Public Health England and the World Health Organization. Read more.

 

What Suppression Levels are We On?

We are currently on the following suppression levels for the Cayman Islands. Each suppression level and guidance is specific to each island:

Grand Cayman, Suppression Level 2
Cayman Brac, Suppression Level 2
Little Cayman, Suppression Level 2

The latest suppression information for the Cayman Islands can be found here.

 

What should I do if I think I have COVID-19?

If you are having a medical emergency, including difficulty breathing, dial 911. Unless you require emergency medical care, stay home. Do not visit a medical centre or hospital. Call your General Practitioner or email flu@hsa.ky for advice. You can also take our online COVID-19 self-assessment here to determine if you may need care. 

 

What should businesses do?

The Cayman Islands Government issued advice on how to prepare ahead of a potential community case. We are also keeping this website updated to reflect the latest policies, advice and Government relief measures for businesses. Read more

 

View all of our frequently asked questions on COVID-19 here.

Prevention Tips

 

The best way to protect yourself and others from the spread of COVID-19 is to practice these three tips:

  • Catch it. Catch a cough or sneeze in a tissue. If you have nothing to use, use your elbow and not your hands.
  • Bin it. Bin the tissues after use. Viruses can live for hours in tissues.
  • Kill it. By avoiding close contact with those suffering from acute respiratory illness, avoiding travel if you have flu-like symptoms (or a cough or a fever) we can help kill the virus.

 

Cayman Prepared

Hazard Management Cayman Islands has overall responsibility for the national Comprehensive Disaster Management programme, including preparedness, response, mitigation and recovery.

HMCI is responsible for the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC), which is activated to direct and coordinate the response to national threats. Read more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Press Room

 
Friday 23 July Update: The Chief Medical Officer, Dr. John Lee, reports that 487 COVID-19 tests have been carried out since this was last reported on Thursday 22 July, 2021. There were four positive test results in travellers. As of Friday, 23 July 2021 there had been 96,518 COVID-19 vaccinations given in total in the Cayman Islands. Read more
 
►Thursday 22 July Update: The Chief Medical Officer, Dr. John Lee, reports that 233 COVID-19 tests have been carried out since this was last reported on Wednesday, 21 July, 2021. There were three positive test results in travellers. Read more
 
►Wednesday 21 July Update: The Chief Medical Officer, Dr. John Lee, reports that 356 COVID-19 tests have been carried out since this was last reported on Tuesday, 20 July, 2021. There were two positive test results in travellers. There have been 96,331 COVID-19 vaccinations given in total in the Cayman Islands.  Of these, 49,403 (69% of 71,106) had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 46,928 (66%) completed the two-dose course. Read more
 
►Tuesday 20 July Update: The Chief Medical Officer, Dr. John Lee, reports that 363 COVID-19 tests have been carried out since this was last reported on Monday, 19 July, 2021. There were two positive test results in travellers. COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics were closed on Monday, 19 July 2021. As of Monday, 19 July 2021 there had been 96,082 COVID-19 vaccinations given in total in the Cayman Islands. Of these, 49,316 (69% of 71,106) had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 46,766 (66%) completed the two-dose course. Read more
 
 
  

More Information

Talking To Your Children About the COVID-19 Vaccine

In the Cayman Islands, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is now available to children aged 12-15. But with all the news coverage and global uncertainty over the last 18 months, it’s understandable that there may be hesitation or questions around getting your children vaccinated.

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Is There Any Advantage to Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine Now Rather Than Later?

Here in the Cayman Islands, we are fortunate to have the COVID-19 vaccine so easily accessible. You may be wondering if there’s an advantage to getting the vaccine when the borders open rather than now.

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How to Talk To Your Loved Ones About the COVID-19 Vaccine

While around 69% of the population in the Cayman Islands have already been vaccinated, we understand that sometimes it can be hard to talk to family, friends and loved ones about the COVID-19 vaccine and reasons to get it.

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How to Talk to Your Team About the COVID-19 Vaccine

We understand that many managers, directors and company leaders may be wondering how to talk to their teams about the COVID-19 vaccine now that it is available to everyone over the age of 16 years in the Cayman Islands.

Here are some tips to help you discuss COVID-19 vaccines in the workplace:

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