COVID-19 In The Cayman Islands

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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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Grand Cayman

Grand Cayman has been operating under suppression level 2 since Sunday, 21 June. Within level 2, additional restrictions were partially lifted effective Sunday, 5 July and Sunday, 19 July. You can download the suppression level 2 flyer here.

Keeping Cayman Safe - COVID-19 Suppression Level 2 - Grand Cayman only (effective 5 July 2020) THUMB

Cayman Brac

Within level 2, additional restrictions were partially lifted effective Sunday, 5 July and Sunday, 19 July. You can download the suppression level 2 flyer here.

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Little Cayman

Little Cayman is operating under suppression level 2. Within level 2, additional restrictions were partially lifted effective Sunday, 5 July and Sunday, 19 July. Download more details

Keeping Cayman Safe - COVID-19 Suppression Level 2 - Little Cayman only (effective 5 July 2020) THUMB

 

In public places, maintain three feet of distance from other people and wear a face mask or face covering when in public enclosed or indoor spaces.

In Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac, no more than 50 people may gather in public and processions and festive ceremonies are banned at all times, no matter how many people are involved.

While exercising outdoors and in any other public place in Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac, you must maintain a distance of at least three feet from any other person who is not a member of your household unless you are engaging in contact sports.

No more than 50 people may gather to exercise together. For contact sports, this maximum number of participants includes coaches, trainers and support staff.

Up to 50 spectators may attend sporting events. However, they must maintain a distance of three feet from every other person who is not a member of their household, including other spectators and players, coaches, trainers and support staff.

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

Persons over the age of two must wear a face mask or face covering when in most public enclosed or indoor spaces as well as while in taxis or omnibuses or waiting for public transportation in a semi-enclosed space. There are limited exceptions. Read more.

Covering your nose and mouth in this way can only work in combination with frequent handwashing with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub and social distancing, which includes staying home as much as possible.

Individual businesses across all three Islands may have their own rules and refuse entry to customers that do not comply.

See also When & Why To Wear A Mask In The Cayman Islands.

If you have an urgent need to travel between the Cayman Islands and any other destination, please click here to submit your information using our TravelTime Application Form

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. All airports in the Cayman Islands - Owen Roberts International Airport in Grand Cayman, Charles Kirkconnell International Airport in Cayman Brac and the Little Cayman Airport - will remain closed to international leisure and non-essential travel until at least 1 October 2020, according to decisions taken by Cabinet. Official decisions regarding border opening continue to be reviewed by the Cayman Islands Government and further decisions will be announced as available. 

On Friday, 17 July 2020, Cayman Islands' leaders announced the phased reopening of Cayman Islands' borders from 1 September that will enable tourism to resume but in ways that will be the "safest possible" for both locals and the air-arrival visitors. Read more

On Friday 7 August 2020, Cayman Islands Government announced extending border closure for a further 30 days until 1 October. Read more

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.

As COVID-19 testing increases and local transmission numbers come down in the Cayman Islands, employers will need to consider how to manage safely the process of returning employees to the workplace. Whether indoors or outdoors, workplaces will be required to comply with government and health guidelines of social distancing and infection prevention practices to ensure the safety of their workers and the general public. Prior to the phased reopening of workplaces, businesses and employers should put in place health and safety measures of which employees, visitors and customers must follow.

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 some educational institutions and facilities resume operations from 5 July 2020, guidelines have also been issued for schools, camps, vacation bible schools, and early childhood care and education centres. Read more on our Education Guidance page.

Click here to see all of our guidance

You may travel between Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman without being tested for the COVID-19 virus provided that:

  • you have been in the Islands for at least 14 days prior to the date of travel, and
  • you are not showing any respiratory symptoms or symptoms of COVID-19.

If you wish to travel inter-island and have not been in the Islands for at least 14 days prior to the date of travel, at least 48 hours before travelling, you must: 

  • request travel authorisation using the TravelTime form; and
  • be tested for the COVID-19 virus.

You will only be permitted to travel after the COVID-19 test has been declared to be negative by the Medical Officer of Health.

Read more about international travel in our COVID-19 FAQs: Travel & Tourism

 

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.

The Prevention, Control and Suppression of Covid-19 (Partial Lifting of Restrictions) (No.3) Regulations, 2020 came into effect on Sunday, 19 July 2020. 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.
  • In Grand Cayman, exercise and contact sports are permitted subject to public gathering restrictions on participants and spectators. Spectators must also maintain social distancing. 
  • A boat may not operate with no more than 50 persons or half of the maximum capacity, whichever is lesser. All persons must also be able to maintain six feet of distance from others who are not members of the same household. Boats are not permitted to congregate if more than 50 people are gathered in total or to conduct activities in certain areas.
  • Taxis and omnibuses may operate at half capacity in Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac. Drivers and passengers must also wear face masks or cloth face coverings.
  • Bars, restaurants and nightclubs may operate in Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac subject to specific conditions, including social distancing.
  • Businesses shall not use or permit the use of a hookah, shisha pipe or water pipe.
  • With the exception of dive tanks, it is prohibited to rent scuba or snorkelling equipment for any activity in Grand Cayman, including training in scuba diving or snorkelling.

Remote working should continue for all that can do so and employers are encouraged to consider flexible working patterns and shift work to limit the number of people gathering in one place and to maintain social distancing.

Owners and operators of public places are legally required to restrict the number of customers inside the place of business to maintain social distancing. Face masks or cloth face coverings must also be worn in many contexts.

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

Across the Cayman Islands, stay at least three feet away from any other person who does not reside at the same household, no matter where you are.

This is a legal requirement when in public places in Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac, including outdoors and while exercising or participating in non-contact sports. If you have been permitted to visit a residential care home, you must maintain a distance of at least six feet from every other person in the facility.

In Little Cayman, you are legally required to maintain a distance of at least three feet from any person who is not a member of your household when indoors a public place.

Masks or cloth face coverings are required indoors in most public places for persons over the age of two years, including when you are unable to, or do not, maintain social distancing.

In circumstances where you're with friends, loved ones, and people you know but don't live with, you should maintain minimum 3 feet distance. Consider increasing your distancing to six feet when you are in locations or venues with strangers or people you do not know that well, for example at bars, supermarkets, shops, and restaurants.

In residential care homes and on boats, six feet of social distancing must be maintained.

Grand Cayman & Cayman Brac

No more than 50 persons are allowed to gather in public. Contact sports allow up to 50 spectators in addition to up to 50 participants. Processions and festive ceremonies are also not to be held, regardless of the number of participants.

Weddings are not to include 50 or more people other than the bride, groom, official witnesses and the marriage officer. Funerals are only allowed to be attended by up to 50 people other than the six pallbearers, at least one officiant, and essential mortuary staff. 

While workplaces are not considered public places, staff should work remotely from home if they are able to. The owner or operator of a business must also restrict the number of customers indoors at any one time in order to maintain social distancing. 

Little Cayman

There are no restrictions on processions, festive ceremonies or public gatherings in Little Cayman.

Inside public places, the owner or operator must restrict the number of customers at any one time so that each customer is able to distance himself or herself at least three feet from any other person.

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. All airports in the Cayman Islands - Owen Roberts International Airport in Grand Cayman, Charles Kirkconnell International Airport in Cayman Brac and the Little Cayman Airport - will remain closed to international leisure and non-essential travel until at least 1 October 2020, according to decisions taken by Cabinet. Cruise ships and private vessels are also not being accepted to the ports of the Cayman Islands. 

Cargo and courier flights as well as ocean freight are unaffected by this temporary closure and air ambulances will also be allowed to operate as normal. Chartered flights may carry international passengers with an urgent or compassionate need to travel under strict requirements, including mandatory isolation at a Government-provided facility for Caymanians and residents returning to the Cayman Islands.

On Friday, 17 July 2020, Cayman Islands leaders announced the phased reopening of borders from 1 September that will enable tourism to resume but in ways that will be the "safest possible" for both locals and the air-arrival visitors. Read more

On Friday 7 August 2020, Cayman Islands Government announced extending border closure for a further 30 days until 1 October. Read more

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.

Amendments to the National Pensions Law were passed in the Legislative Assembly on Thursday, 23 April 2020 to provide for a pension holiday from 1 April to 30 September 2020 or such later date as may be appointed by Order made by the Cabinet. Qualifying pension plan members may also withdraw funds from their account subject to certain provisions. Read more.

Apply Now

In addition to the establishment of the Cayman Islands Centre for Business Development, Government has implemented a number of measures to support local business and commerce. These include financial assistance for small and medium businesses and the transport industry, temporary waiver of Trade & Business Licensing fees, extension of the temporary layoff period for most industries, virtual conduct of notarial acts, and others. 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. 

 

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.

 

Cayman Islands Community & COVID-19

We may be limited in our physical movements by practising social distancing to stay safe. What you can still do is stay connected to your Cayman Community. Learn about what's happening with your neighbours and the community at large here.

 

Regional Tracker & WHO Situation Reports

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

 

COVID-19 Latest Live Update

 

 

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 the 24-hour Flu Hotline 1-800-534-8600 / 925-6327 (Flow) / 947-3077 (Digicel) 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

 
Wednesday 12 August Testing: The Chief Medical Officer, Dr John Lee, reports 111 COVID-19 tests have been carried out since it was last reported on Tuesday, 11 August. All were negative. Read more
 
Tuesday 11 August Testing: The Chief Medical Officer, Dr John Lee, reports 128 COVID-19 tests have been carried out since it was last reported on Monday, 10 August. All were negative. Read more
 
Monday 10 August Testing Update: The Chief Medical Officer, Dr John Lee, reports 454 COVID-19 tests have been carried out since it was last reported on Friday, 7 August. All were negative. Read more
 
CIG Extends Border Closure to 1 October. Read more

Friday 7 August Testing Update: The Chief Medical Officer, Dr John Lee, reports 191 COVID-19 tests have been carried out since it was last reported on Thursday, 6 August. All were negative. The number of antibody tests that have been conducted at the Health Services Authority and Health City Cayman Islands now stands at 2,096.  Of these, there have been a total of 54 positives (2.6% positive). Read more

 

Thursday 6 August Testing Update: The Chief Medical Officer, Dr John Lee, reports 208 COVID-19 tests have been carried out since it was last reported on Wednesday, 5 August. All were negative. Read more

 
► Wednesday 5 August Testing Update: The Chief Medical Officer, Dr John Lee, reports 243 COVID-19 tests have been carried out since it was last reported on Tuesday, 4 August 2020. All were negative. Read more
 
Tuesday 4 August Testing Update: The Chief Medical Officer, Dr John Lee, reports 256 COVID-19 tests have been carried out since it was last reported on Monday, 3 August. All were negative. Read more
 

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