Last Updated May 31, 2020, 8:34 PM

 

Table of Contents

  1. What Is The Curfew?
  2. What Is 'Soft Curfew' Or Shelter-In-Place?
  3. What Are The Rules For Essential Outings And Services?
  4. Who Is Essential?
  5. Closure Of Non-Essential Workplaces
  6. Other Bans, Closures and Restrictions
  7. Penalties
  8. Social Distancing

 

What Is The Curfew?

Grand Cayman is currently following a "soft curfew" during the day, followed by a "hard curfew" from 8pm to 4:30am daily. 

The soft curfew allows the population limited movement to conduct essential tasks and builds on previous bans on public gatherings and other activities enacted by Government through Regulations made under the Public Health Law (2002 Revision).

The ongoing hard curfew at nighttime is enacted by order of the Commissioner of Police under the Police Law (2017 Revision)

This page describes the curfews as they are currently in effect in Grand Cayman. As details change, this page will be updated accordingly.

Not all provisions of the current Regulations under the Public Health Law apply to Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. While Cayman Brac is under the same hard curfew order as Grand Cayman (i.e. 8pm to 4:30am daily), Little Cayman is not under any hard curfew order. Read more.

On 7 June 2020 this page will be updated to reflect changes to both the "soft curfew" and "hard curfew" from that date.

 

What Is 'soft curfew' Or Shelter-In-Place?

During this daytime curfew from 4:30am to 8pm, in Grand Cayman persons are still expected to remain in their place of residence, inclusive of their yard space. The only exceptions - unless you are an exempted worker carrying out official or employment related duties - fall into the three following categories:

Persons may leave their homes to engage in essential travel to the following public places during soft curfew:
  • health care facilities
  • pharmacies
  • supermarkets
  • convenience stores and minimarts
  • liquor stores
  • hardware stores and home depots
  • retail businesses
  • car wash businesses
  • retail banks, building societies and credit unions
  • gas or refilling stations
  • post offices, and mail and parcel delivery businesses
  • pet grooming businesses
  • laundromats
  • money remittance facilities
Other essential outings allowed during soft curfew are:
  • to fulfil a legal obligation, including attending court, satisfying bail conditions or participating in legal or related proceedings
  • to allow parents access to children who live in a different household under existing access and contact arrangements
  • to collect school supplies from an educational institution
  • to collect food from a restaurant providing take out, curb side pick up or drive through service
  • to engage in outdoor exercise

Restrictions on essential outings and the operation of essential services are set out below.

People may engage in outdoor exercise, which includes:

  • walking a pet
  • playing tennis on a private or strata tennis court
  • swimming in a strata pool
  • exercising on the beach and swimming in the sea
  • exercising in a public place, including government walking tracks
  • open air non-contact sports

Exercise on the beach and swimming in the sea is allowed by surname only. Persons whose last names begin with the letters A to K may only do so on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Persons whose last names begin with the letters L to Z may only do so on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Engaging in activities such as snorkelling, paddleboarding (SUP), kayaking, windsurfing, surfing and similar exercise within sight of the shoreline is permissible if relevant restrictions are followed, including the days of the week which you may exercise at the beach or in the sea.

Outdoor exercise may be done alone, together with persons living at the same residence, or with one other person for no more than two hours each day, between the hours of 5:15am and 7pm. You may drive to your exercise location. 

During outdoor exercise, including open air non-contact sports, persons must also maintain a distance of at least six feet or two metres from any another person, including the one other person from outside your household if you are exercising together.

Exercise must not be carried out in a public pool, a public or strata gym, or a public or strata playground. No person shall visit or permit entry to a strata gyms or to a public or strata playground at any time.

Persons who are required to leave their place of residence because they are at risk of injury or risk of death are exempt from the shelter in place provisions.

 

What Are the Rules for Essential Outings and Services?

In Grand Cayman, most essential businesses are only allowed to operate between the hours of 6am and 9pm. Retail banks, building societies and credit unions are only allowed to operate between the hours of 9am and 4pm. Health care facilities are unrestricted in their hours of business.

The number of customers allowed inside a place of business at any one time must be managed to allow each customer to distance themselves at least six feet or two metres from any other person. 

Each person in a public place must maintain a distance of at least six feet or two metres from another person, including while exercising outdoors. This does not apply if persons reside in the same household.

Any person over the age of two years who is indoors a public place should also wear a mask or cloth face covering

The days on which members of the public may undertake essential travel is restricted by surname for:

  • supermarkets
  • convenience stores and minimarts
  • liquor stores
  • hardware stores and home depots
  • retail businesses
  • car wash businesses
  • retail banks, building societies and credit unions
  • gas or refilling stations
  • post offices, and mail and parcel delivery businesses
  • pet grooming businesses
  • laundromats
  • money remittance facilities
  • collection of school supplies from educational institutions
  • exercise on the beach or swimming in the sea

Persons whose last names begin with the letters A to K may only undertake essential travel for these purposes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Persons whose last names begin with the letters L to Z may only do so on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. On Sundays, any person may travel to a convenience store, minimart or gas station.

These provisions are only in place on Grand Cayman. Individuals with double-barrelled surnames should use the first letter of the first surname.

 

Supermarket Shopping by Last Name March 29

Note: The following hours and provisions are subject to change. On Public Holidays, opening hours are likely to be shortened, as is customary.
  • All Fosters’ locations, including Priced Right: Opening 6am to 7pm with the first hour of operation, from 6am to 7am, solely dedicated to senior citizens, disabled persons and pregnant women. Essential workers with valid ID will be prioritised at the front of the line from 5pm to 6pm each day.

  • Hurley’s Marketplace: Opening 7am to 6pm with the first hour of operation, from 7am to 8am, solely dedicated to senior citizens, disabled persons and pregnant women. Essential Government Staff will have a dedicated line from 5pm to 6pm each day.

  • Cost U Less: Opening 7am to 6pm with the first hour of operation, from 7am to 8am, solely dedicated to senior citizens, disabled persons and pregnant women. Essential Government Staff will have a dedicated line from 5pm to 6pm each day.

  • Kirk Market: Opening 6am to 6pm.

All locations have arranged for a front of line service for senior citizens, disabled persons and pregnant women during normal hours of operation.

It is recommended that only one member of your household shop for your family or carry out essential transactions. We strongly discourage taking children on errands, particularly to supermarkets or banks.

All persons may travel to health care facilities and pharmacies or to collect food from restaurants on any day, though food must be collected from restaurants by 8pm. Exercise is also not subject to surname restrictions unless it is done on the beach in Grand Cayman. 

 

Who Is Essential?

Persons considered to be essential staff are exempt from the shelter in place requirements but only when carrying out official or employment related duties. They may also move during hard curfew when carrying out official or employment related duties. See our page on Essential & Exempted Services for more details, including how businesses and personnel may be exempted from the shelter in place provisions.

 

Closure Of Non-Essential Workplaces

All non-essential establishments, institutions, businesses, organisations and offices have been closed. As restrictions are eased, additional categories of business will be permitted to open.

Businesses may require employees to work remotely from home.

All persons employed within the public service, unless specifically designated as essential workers, shall work remotely from home. 

 

Other Bans, Closures And Restrictions

The following activities are also banned or restricted in Grand Cayman at all times whether during hard or soft curfew:

  • Hosting or attending a private party that includes any person from outside of the immediate household
  • Visiting or permitting entry to any person to a strata gym or to a public or strata playground
  • Offering for hire or seeking to travel on
    • a boat, sailing inter-island, except for transport of freight or for the importation and distribution of seafood
    • inter-island private commercial sea transport that is non-essential
  • Hosting or attending a wedding, which hosts 10 or more persons other than the bride, bridegroom, official witnesses and the marriage officer
  • Hosting or attending a funeral, except 10 members of the immediate family, six pallbearers, at least one officiant and essential mortuary staff

No person shall hold any public meeting, procession or festive ceremony.

A public meeting is a gathering of more than two persons in any public place for the purpose of engaging in the following activities:

  • Leisure, recreational or spiritual activities including those organised by:
    • service clubs
    • faith-based organisations
    • community organisations
    • civic organisations
    • business organisations
  • Parades, and social activities related to such parades, including stage shows and parties
  • Sporting events
  • Concerts
  • Conventions
  • Conferences
  • Graduations
  • Fundraisers

Restaurant may only provide only for drive-through services or the take out, delivery or curb side collection of food.

Persons may travel to collect food from restaurants until 7pm.

Restaurants and third party delivery services may deliver food from restaurants until 10pm.

Persons may visit the beach to exercise or swim in the sea for up to two hours between 5:15am and 7pm only on days allocated by surname:

  • Last names A-K on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
  • Last names L-Z on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays

Engaging in activities such as snorkelling, paddleboarding (SUP), kayaking, windsurfing, surfing and similar exercise within sight of the shoreline is permissible if relevant restrictions are followed, including the days of the week which you may exercise at the beach or in the sea.

This may be done alone, together with other persons who reside within the same household, or together with one other person who is not a member of the same household, provided the person maintains a distance of at least six feet or two metres from any other person. 

It is not permitted to hold or attend any party, picnic or similar gathering on a beach.

Fishing is permitted in Grand Cayman between the hours of 5:15am and 7pm

All marine rules apply, including closed seasons, take limits, and restrictions on fishing in certain zones.

Shoreline fishing is permitted alone, together with other persons who reside within the same household, or together with one other person who is not a member of the person’s household if the person maintains a distance of at least six feet or two metres from any other person at all times. You may drive to fish along the shoreline. There is no time limit on shoreline fishing.

You may go fishing in a boat any day, with no maximum time limit. You may not visit Cayman Brac or Little Cayman via boat or leave the territorial waters of the Cayman Islands. You may only have up to two people per boat, including children and other members of the same household.

You may only use boats for fishing and no other purposes.

You may not visit or fish at:

  • Star Fish Point
  • Rum Point
  • Stingray City
  • Sandbar

You may not operate or manoeuvre a boat so as to congregate or gather with any other person on any other boat or vessel.

On Cayman Brac, public meetings are allowed, though they are restricted to no more than 25 people. Activities in churches are not included in this restriction on public meetings for Cayman Brac. However, processions and festive ceremonies are banned in Cayman Brac until further notice. There are no restrictions on public gatherings in Little Cayman. Beaches are also open on the Sister Islands with no access restrictions.

On Cayman Brac, boats may be used to travel for pleasure, including fishing in the territorial waters of the Cayman Islands, with no more than two people on any boat. Persons may not travel by boat for pleasure to visit Grand Cayman or Little Cayman. There are no restrictions on the use of boats in Little Cayman.

 

Penalties

In Grand Cayman, during the "soft curfew", a person who, without lawful authority, remains in a place other than the confines of their own residence or yard space commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine of $1,000 and to imprisonment for six months.

Any other breach of the terms of the "soft curfew" is liable to a similar penalty. A new ticketing system will allow persons to choose to pay a smaller fine or appear in court and risk paying the full fine. For more information, see Ticket Offences and Fines below.

Violations of the "hard curfew" fall under the Police Law and persons are liable on conviction to a fine of $3,000 and to imprisonment for twelve months.

A new ticketing system will allow persons found in breach of the "soft curfew" regulations to pay an initial ticket or choose to appear in court. The fines are as follows: 

  1. $250 - Not restricting number of customers in a place of business so that at any time each customer is able to distance himself or herself at least six feet or two metres from any other person
  2. $250 - Not maintaining a distance of at least six feet or two metres from another person
  3. $750 - Holding a public meeting, procession or festive ceremony contrary to regulation 4(1)
  4. $750 - Opening an establishment, institution, business, organisation or office which is not exempt
  5. $750 - Opening an establishment, institution, business, organisation or office which is exempt outside of the specified hours
  6. $500 - Permitting a convenience store or minimart to have more than six customers at any one time
  7. $500 - Carrying out an activity or operation set out in regulation 6(1)
  8. $500 - Permitting a visit to, or visiting, a place or facility of quarantine or isolation, a detainee in a prison or place of detention, or a patient in a health care facility
  9. $500 - Permitting a visit to, or visiting, a residential home care facility, without the written permission of the Medical Officer of Health
  10. $500 - Without lawful authority, remaining in a place other than the confines of the person's place of residence, inclusive of the person's yard space
  11. $500 - Undertaking essential travel other than on a day prescribed in regulation 9(2) to any of the following places:
    1. a supermarket
    2. a convenience store or minimart
    3. a retail bank, a building society or a credit union
    4. a gas or refilling station to refuel a motor vehicle
    5. a post office
    6. a money remittance facility
    7. an educational institution to collect school supplies
    8. such other places as may be specified by the Competent Authority and notified in the Gazette, in any other official Government website or official means of communication

 

Social Distancing

Social distancing is Caymankind. Stay home as much as you can and stay at least six feet or two metres from any other person who is not a member of your household, no matter where you are. Click here to read more.

 

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Public Health Regulations

While the information on this website is meant to assist with understanding the Regulations made under the Public Health Law (2002 Revision) which provide for the soft curfew, the Regulations remain the authority on what persons should and should not do during this time:

On Friday, 29 May 2020, changes to the curfew effective 1 June 2020 and 7 June 2020 were previewed during the Cayman Islands Government Community Update. Read more.