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Prevention & Social Distancing

Key Facts

Anyone over the age of five must wear a mask or cloth face covering in a public place, including an educational institution, if you are unable to, or do not maintain a
distance of six feet from every other person.

You do not have to wear a mask if:
  • you are unable to wear a mask or cloth face covering due to a medical condition or you are otherwise exempted by guidance
    provided by the Medical Officer of Health
  • you are  sitting or eating, without talking
  • you are a desk at your place of employment
  • you are at a desk, or at a table, at your educational institution

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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.

You are legally required to wear a mask or face covering in:

  • health care facilities
  • residential home care facilities
  • prisons or places of detention
  • airports
  • taxis or omnibuses
  • any other place specified by the Medical Officer of Health

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

Social distancing and thorough attention to hygiene are the best form of defense against the transmission of COVID-19.

Social distancing is legally required in public spaces in the Cayman Islands. 

Each person in a public place shall maintain a distance of at least six feet from another person not in their household.

Businesses must restrict their numbers so that any one time so that each customer or congregant is able to distance himself
or herself at least six feet from any other person.

No more than 100 people may gather in public indoors, and no more than 250 outdoors for a public meeting.

If people are gathering for the same activity in an indoors and outdoors setting, no more than 250 people can gather overall and at no more than 100 people can be in the indoor area of that public place.

Public meeting limits do not include

  • people employed to be involved in the activity
  • the bride, bridegroom, official witnesses and the marriage officer at weddings
  • the parties to the intended civil partnership, official witnesses and the civil partnership officer at a civil partnership
  • up to six pallbearers, an officiant and essential mortuary staff at a funeral

These public gathering restrictions apply where people are meeting to engage in the same activity, not to customers of businesses or people attending their workplace. Churches that can hold more than 100 people are also exempt from the gathering restrictions, though the number of congregants must be restricted to allow for social distancing.

Restaurants and bars may offer indoor and outdoor services, provided that each table shall be at least six feet apart and servers and front of house staff shall wear masks or cloth face coverings while serving customer

Prevention Measures

If you operate activities or venues, follow current regulations and other Public Health guidelines and make sure that:

  • you comply with gathering restrictions where relevant
  • you comply with any conditions imposed by the Competent Authority
  • other legal requirements can be met

Prevention Guidance


Frequent hand washing

When coupled with social distancing, thorough attention to hygiene by frequent hand washing or sanitizing can also help prevent the transmission of COVID-19 and other viruses.

When washing your hands, you should cleanse them thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. If you don't have immediate access to soap and water, you may also use an alcohol-based sanitiser.

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Learn more about the vaccination programme for the Cayman Islands and the vaccination schedule from Health Services Authority.

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