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COVID-19 FAQs: Grand Cayman Regulations & Restrictions

In The Regulations & Restrictions F.A.Qs

This section covers questions relating to the current regulations for COVID-19 in Grand Cayman. Click the links below to skip to the relevant questions or scroll down to read more:

 

Suppression Level & New Rules

  1. What suppression level are we on?
  2. What are the rules for public places?
  3. What can I do on Sunday?
  4. When can I go to the beach?
  5. Can I eat at a restaurant or bar?

 

Curfew & Other Restrictions

  1. Is there still a curfew?
  2. Can I drive my partner to work?
  3. Can I visit a care home, prison, or disabled and special needs home?
  4. Can I go swimming at the beach?
  5. What activities are allowed within my strata?
  6. What do I need to do in order to move from one property to another?
  7. Can children play with their friends?
  8. Are staycations permitted?

 

The Public Gatherings Ban

No more than 25 people may gather in public and all processions and festive ceremonies are prohibited, regardless of the number of people involved.

  1. Are supermarkets included in the public gathering ban?
  2. Are beaches included in the public gathering ban?
  3. Are workplaces included in the public gathering ban?

 

Consequences & Breaches

  1. What happens if the public gathering ban is breached?
  2. What happens if someone is caught breaking curfew?
  3. How do I report somebody breaking the rules?

 

Can I...

  1. Use my strata pool?
  2. Go fishing?
  3. Go scuba-diving?
  4. Play group sports?
  5. Have a social gathering?
  6. Go on a boat?
  7. Use or operate public transport?

 

When Can I...

  1. Go to the Supermarket?
  2. Go exercising? And who can I exercise with?
  3. Go to the Bank?
  4. Go to the Post Office?
  5. Pick up food from a restaurant?
  6. Drive to exercise?
  7. Learn more

 

What Suppression Level Are We On?

In Grand Cayman we are on suppression level 2 or 'minimal suppression' from Sunday 21 June.

There are five suppression levels ranging from "Maximum Suppression" to "All Clear". 

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What are the rules for public places?

In public places you must maintain six feet or two metres of distance from other people who are not a member of your household and wear a face mask or face covering when in public enclosed or indoor spaces. 

 

What Can I do on A Sunday?

There are no longer specific restrictions on what you are able to do on a Sunday as a result of Regulations under the Public Health Law. Grand Cayman is no longer under any hard curfew order or soft curfew provisions.

 

When Can I Go To The Beach?

You may visit the beach at any time and on any day. Regulations under the Public Health Law no longer restrict beach access for exercise during certain hours of the day, and Grand Cayman is no longer under a nightly hard curfew. 

However, please remember that you must maintain a distance of at least six feet or two metres from any other person who is not a member of your household. A maximum of 25 people may gather on the beach for leisure, recreational and other activities.

 

Can I eat at a restaurant or bar?

Up to 11:59pm on Saturday, 4 July, in Grand Cayman, restaurants and bars may only offer services in outdoor areas which form part of their premises and subject to the following conditions:

  • Tables must be at least eight feet apart.
  • Customers from different households must sit at least six feet apart.
  • No person shall be permitted to be seated or served at an indoor counter. All dining must be in an open-air establishment. 
  • Social distancing must be maintained in restrooms and waiting areas and customers and staff must also wear masks or cloth face coverings in these areas.
  • Servers and front of house staff must wear masks or cloth face coverings while serving customers.
  • Customers shall not engage in dancing or karaoke.

From Sunday, 5 July, in Grand Cayman, restaurants and bars may offer indoor and outdoor services subject to the following conditions:

  • Tables must be at least six feet apart.
  • Customers from different households must sit at least three feet apart.
  • Social distancing must be maintained in restrooms and waiting areas and customers and staff must also wear masks or cloth face coverings in these areas.
  • Servers and front of house staff must wear masks or cloth face coverings while serving customers.
  • Customers shall not engage in dancing or karaoke before Sunday, 19 July.
 
Is there Still a curfew?

No. Both the "hard" curfew enacted under the Police Law and the "soft" curfew that was in place under previous Public Health Regulations have been lifted. You no longer need to remain in your place of residence, inclusive of your yard space, at all times unless conducting essential tasks.

Residents are reminded that continuing to stay home, practising social distancing, and frequent hand washing will reduce the potential spread of COVID-19.

 

Am I able to drive my partner to work?

Yes. Under the previous "soft" curfew, dropping an essential worker to work was not considered an essential task under the regulations. However, these restrictions have been lifted.

 

Can I visit a care home, prison, or disabled and special needs home?

No. Virtual visits are possible, however.

You may also request to visit a residential home care facility, including for urgent or compassionate reasons, and be granted written permission by the Medical Officer of Health. 

 

Can I Go Swimming At The Beach?

Yes. You can go to beaches in Grand Cayman at any time and for any reason, including to swim in the sea. A maximum of 25 people may swim together and must maintain a distance of at least six feet or two metres from any other person who does not live in the same household. 


What activities are allowed within my strata?

At stratas, gyms must remain closed until Sunday, 5 July 2020. Contact sports are also not allowed anywhere until Sunday, 19 July 2020.

You should always maintain a distance of at least six feet or two metres from any person who is not a member of your household, including on common property within your strata.

 

What do I need to do in order to move from one property to another?

The "soft" curfew has been lifted in Grand Cayman and you no longer need to apply for a curfew exemption in order to move from one property to another.

 

Can Children play with their friends?

Children remain one of the largest vectors for this virus, being primarily asymptomatic and able to spread viruses very quickly.

In public places, even children must maintain a distance of at least six feet or two metres from persons who do not live in the same household, including other children. 

From Sunday, 5 July 2020, educational institutions and facilities, including summer camps and vacation bible schools, may commence full operations, including social and sporting activities. However, contact sports will only be allowed from Sunday, 19 July 2020.

 

Are Staycations Permitted?

Yes. Staycations are permitted from Sunday, 21 June 2020. 

Following collaboration with Government partners such as the Ministry of Health, Department of Environmental Health, and collaboration with private sector stakeholders, the Department of Tourism developed standards of practice to establish industry guidelines for sanitation. The new standards for tourism sectors are now available here.


Are Supermarkets Included In The Public Gatherings Ban?

Supermarkets, pharmacies, hospitals and other businesses that are open to the public are exempt from the public gathering ban when it comes to the number of customers. However, they are required to put in place provisions to limit their number of customers and maintain a distance of six feet or two metres between individuals.

Are Beaches Included In the Public Gatherings Ban?

Yes. Beaches are included in the ban and no more than 25 people are allowed to gather in public places, including beaches.

 

Are workplaces included in the Public gathering ban?

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. 

While employees in workplaces are not included within the ban on more than 25 people gathering in public, businesses and other operations must restrict the number of customers inside the place of business at any one time so that each customer is able to maintain a distance of at least six feet or two metres from any other person. Employers are also encouraged to introduce flexible working and other arrangements to reduce the number of people gathering in one place and to maintain social distancing.

 

What happens if the Public gathering ban is breached?

Anyone found breaking the ban on public gatherings will be guilty of a criminal offence and faces a fine of $1,000 and six-months imprisonment.

For certain offences, a ticketing system also allows persons to choose to pay a smaller fine or appear in court and risk paying the full fine. The fine for holding a public meeting in contrary to the Regulations is CI$750.

 

What happens if someone is caught breaking the Rules?

The RCIPS will monitor the streets and use common sense and fairness in strict application of the Regulations under the Public Health Law. Persons stopped will have their names and addresses taken with a view to prosecutions to proceed. This means they will be charged and brought to court to answer the charges at a later date. 

A person who breaches the Regulations commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine of $1,000 and to imprisonment for six months. A ticketing system has also been introduced for certain offences that allows persons found in breach of the Regulations to pay an initial ticket or choose to appear in court.

 

How do I report Somebody Breaking The Rules?

You can submit anonymous tips to the RCIPS on their website here or through their app here.

 

Can I use my strata pool?

Yes, from Tuesday, 19 May you may use your strata pool.

You should always maintain a distance of at least six feet or two metres from any person who is not a member of your household, including in and around your strata pool.


Can I Go fishing?

Yes. In Grand Cayman you may go fishing at any time.

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

If you are fishing by boat, you may only have up to ten people per boat. If boats are congregating, the number of persons gathering must not exceed ten total before Sunday, 19 July. There are no exceptions to this maximum number of persons allowed in one boat or to gather in multiple boats, including for children and members of the same household.

You may not visit Cayman Brac or Little Cayman via boat. You are also not allowed to conduct any boating activities at the following places before Sunday, 19 July:

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

Can I Go Scuba-diving?

Yes. However, with the exception of dive tanks, you are not allowed to rent any scuba or snorkelling equipment, including for any training in scuba diving or snorkelling.

Because research into SARS-CoV-2 (the COVID-19 virus) is ongoing, there is debate about how long it can survive in different conditions. Dive shops and divers often have to share supplies. The apparatus that lets you breathe underwater is called a regulator and it connects to your tank, delivering air into your mouth when you inhale. The virus could be left on the surface of the regulator and then later passed on to another diver. The effectiveness in clearing any potential virus from these breathing systems is not clear yet.

 

Can I Play sports?

Yes, though you may not play contact sports of any kind until Sunday, 19 July 2020.

You must maintain social distancing at all times during open-air, non-contact sports. No more than 25 persons may participate in sports together.

Gyms, including private strata gyms, must remain closed until Sunday, 5 July 2020.


Can I Have a social gathering? Can I Visit Friends Or Family?

Yes. Social gatherings are now allowed.

 

Can I Go on a boat?

Yes. You may use a boat for any activity, though you may only have up to ten people per boat. If boats are congregating, the number of persons gathering must not exceed ten total before Sunday, 19 July. There are no exceptions to this maximum number of persons allowed in one boat or to gather in multiple boats, including for children and members of the same household.

You may not visit Cayman Brac or Little Cayman via boat. You are also not allowed to conduct any boating activities at the following places before Sunday, 19 July:

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

Can I Use or operate public transport?

Yes. All public transport vehicles, including taxis, must operate no more than 50% capacity. Drivers and passengers must wear face masks or coverings.

If you are operating public transport or a taxi, you must stagger seating in such a way that each passenger is able to distance himself or herself as far as possible from the other passenger and the driver.

 

When Can I Go To The Supermarket?

Supermarkets and other businesses are no longer restricted in their hours and customers are no longer restricted to shopping on their "surname day".

However, to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, it is still recommended to limit your shopping trips and that only one member of your household attend supermarkets in order to shop for your family. We strongly discourage taking children to the supermarkets.

 

When Can I Go To The Bank?

Banks, credit unions and building societies are no longer restricted in their hours and customers are no longer restricted to shopping on their "surname day".

However, to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, it is still recommended to limit your trips to the bank and that only one member of your household attend the bank. We strongly discourage taking children to the bank.

Wherever possible, you should utilise electronic banking and ATM services.

 

When Can I Go Exercising?

You may exercise indoors or outdoors at any time. There are no longer any curfew restrictions on outdoor activities. 

You may exercise with people who are not in your immediate household, provided no more than 25 people gather and you maintain a distance of at least six feet or two metres from anyone from outside of your household at all times.

Gyms, including private strata gyms, must remain closed until Sunday, 5 July 2020. Contact sports are not permitted until Sunday, 19 July 2020.


When Can I Go To The Post Office?

Visits to open post offices are no longer subject to soft curfew restrictions. However, post offices have not yet returned to full operations. Visit the Cayman Islands Postal Service (CIPS) FAQs page to see which offices are open, when you can go, and special measures for visiting the post office.

 

When Can I Pick Up Food From A Restaurant?

You can pick up food from a restaurant any day and any time. 

 

When Can I Drive to Go Exercise?

You may drive to your exercise location any day, including the beach.

 

Learn More About the Regulations

Visit our Policies in Action page to learn more about the Regulations made under the Public Health Law to prevent, control and suppress COVID-19 in Grand Cayman.

 

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