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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 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?

 

The Curfews & Shelter-In-Place

  1. What does the curfew mean?
  2. What is the difference between hard and soft curfew?
  3. Can I walk my dog during curfew?
  4. What can I do during curfew?
  5. Can I drive my partner to work?
  6. Can I visit a care home, prison, or disabled and special needs home?
  7. What are the rules for parents with shared custody?
  8. Can I go swimming at the beach?
  9. What activities are allowed within my strata?
  10. How long will the curfew last?
  11. Who is an essential business?
  12. How do I apply for a curfew exemption?
  13. What do I need to do in order to move from one property to another?
  14. Can children play with their friends?

 

The Public Gatherings Ban

No more than 2 people may gather in public unless living in the same household. Social gatherings, of any kind (even on private property), are not allowed

  1. Are supermarkets included in the public gathering ban?
  2. Are beaches included in the public gathering ban?
  3. Are private parties included in the gathering ban?
  4. Are workplaces included in the public gathering ban?
  5. Are staff members included in the public gatherings ban for places like
    restaurants?

 

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 3 or 'moderate' suppression.

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. This is in accordance with the Prevention, Control and Suppression of Covid-19 (Partial Lifting of Restrictions) Regulations, 2020.

 

What Can I do on A Sunday?

On and after Sunday, 7 June, anyone may exercise on the beach, swim in the sea or shoreline fish any day of the week.

You may also do the following on a Sunday:

  • visit pharmacies and healthcare facilities 6am-8pm
  • visit healthcare facilities for emergencies at any time
  • pick up food from restaurants 6am-8pm
  • exercise on foot, by car or bicycle from your home for up to two hours 5:15am-7pm
 
When Can I Go To The Beach?

You 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.

Exercising on the beach or in the sea 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.

Please note: Beginning Sunday, 7 June you may exercise on the beach, swim in the sea, and shoreline fish every day of the week. This may also be done with up to six people, providing physical distancing is maintained, and between the hours of 4:45am and 9pm.

 

 
What does the curfew mean?

A shelter-in-place or 'soft' curfew is in place in Grand Cayman from 4:30am-8pm daily. Members of the public may go out to take care of essential tasks, on their surname days for most tasks, or for up to two hours of outdoor exercise. Otherwise, you are to remain in your place of residence, inclusive of your yard space.

The soft curfew allows the population limited movement to conduct essential tasks, and builds on previous meeting bans and other measures enacted by Government under the Public Health Law (2002 Revision) to prevent, control and suppress COVID-19. It is accompanied by a hard curfew at nighttime that requires closure of all but essential businesses, and is enacted under section 49 of the Police Law (2017 Revision).

The current Regulations list of essential staff who may request exemptions from the curfew, which is available here.

Please note: Beginning Sunday, 7 June soft curfew will be in place from 4:45am to 10pm daily.

 

Sister Islands

  • You can read Little Cayman information here.
  • You can read Cayman Brac information here.

 

What is the difference between hard and soft curfew?

During “hard” curfew, from 8pm in the evening to 4:30am in the morning, you are only allowed to leave your residence if you are an exempted worker providing an essential service or if there is an emergency situation.

During “soft” curfew, you are allowed to leave your residence to undertake additional essential activities. However, you should avoid unnecessary journeys. Staying home, practising social distancing, and frequent hand washing will reduce the potential spread of COVID-19.

 

Can I walk my dog during curfew?

Dog-walking is exercise and is permitted during soft curfew.

Like all other permitted outdoor exercise it should be restricted to 5:15am-7pm in areas outside of your private home and for a maximum of two hours.

 

What Can I Do During Curfew?

 

 

During Soft Curfew or Shelter-In-Place

During soft curfew, outside of your private property you may:

  • Exercise outdoors for up to two hours a day between 5:15am and 7pm
  • Perform essential outings such as:
    • Going to the supermarket (on your last name day)
    • Going to the bank (on your last name day)
    • Going to convenience stores or minimarts (on your last name day)
    • Going to healthcare facilities or pharmacies
    • Going to gas or refilling stations to refuel a vehicle (on your last name day)
    • Going to the post office or money remittance facilities (on your last name day)
    • Going to the beach to exercise or swim in the sea (on your last name day)
    • Going to a restaurant to collect food (until 8pm)
    • Going to an educational institution to collect school supplies (on your last name day)
  • Leave your home in the event of an emergency which will cause risk of injury or death
  • Go to and from work if you are an essential worker and have been given a letter by your employer that allows you to travel to and from work
  • Leave your home to continue existing arrangements for access to, and contact between, parents and children for children who do not live in the same household as their parents
  • Leave your home to fulfil a legal obligation, including —
    • attending court,
    • satisfying bail conditions, or
    • representing a person in, legal or related proceedings

During soft curfew, outside of your private property you should not:

  1. Use public pools
  2. Use a playground, including a strata playground
  3. Use strata or public gyms
  4. Travel between the islands
  5. Host or attend a wedding with more than 10 people present with exception of bride, bridegroom, official witnesses and marriage officer
  6. Host or attend a funeral with more than 10 members of immediate family, six pallbearers, one officiant and essential mortuary staff
  7. Take part in group sports or contact-sports
  8. Be part of public gatherings (with people outside of a household) of more than 2 people including but not limited to social events, concerts, conferences, fundraisers, leisure, spiritual or recreational activities

 

During Hard Curfew (8pm-4:30am daily)

During hard curfew residents should not leave their private properties for any reason unless they are an essential worker with a specific exemption letter as authorised in writing. This curfew is enacted under the Police Law (2017 Revision)

Hard curfew is currently 8pm-4:30am daily in Grand Cayman. It will move to 10pm-4:30am daily from Sunday, 7 June.

Learn more here.

 

Am I able to drive my partner to work Or do I need to get an exemption?

Dropping an essential worker to work is not considered an essential task under the regulations.

Furthermore, non-essential workers are not supposed to be on the road for anything other than the essential tasks and then only on their alphabetical days for most tasks.

 

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

No. Virtual visits are possible, however.

 

What are the rules for parents with shared custody (Including Divorced Parents)?

Persons who have to undertake essential travel in relation to children who do not live in the same household as their parents, or one of their parents, to continue existing arrangements for access to, and contact between, parents and children may leave their place of residence to travel to such places and to carry out any relevant activity in such place during soft curfew hours. “Parent” includes a step-parent, a person who has parental responsibility for a child or a person who has care of a child.

 

Can I Go Swimming At The Beach?

Yes. You can go to beaches in Grand Cayman for the purpose of exercise (and drive to beaches for that purpose only) on your last name days:

  • A-K Monday, Wednesday, Friday
  • L-Z Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

Adults with two separate last name days who live in the same household must still operate by their own last name day.

Swimming in the sea 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. 

At any time, the following are not permitted on beaches and in the waters:

  • No high-speed watercraft are permitted
  • No party boats are permitted
  • No diving is permitted
  • No sunbathing is permitted
  • No picnics or social gatherings are permitted

Please note: Beginning Sunday, 7 June you may exercise on the beach, swim in the sea, and shoreline fish every day of the week. This may also be done with up to six people, providing physical distancing is maintained, and between the hours of 4:45am and 9pm.

 

What activities are allowed within my strata?

Regulations to suppress COVID-19 in Grand Cayman that are most relevant to stratas include:

  • Private parties which include any person from outside the immediate household are banned at all times and in all places.
  • Strata gyms and playgrounds must remain closed.
  • Exercise must not be carried out in a playground.
  • You are able to use strata pools and tennis courts from Tuesday, 19 May.
  • You should always maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from any person who is not a member of your household, including on common property within your strata.

 

How long will the curfew last?

Grand Cayman will follow a 'soft curfew' during the day from 4:30am-8pm daily until Sunday, 7 June 2020. Then, the 'soft curfew' will run from 4:30am-10pm daily until at least Monday, 22 June 2020.

The nighttime hard curfew (8pm to 4:30am now and 10pm to 4:30am from Sunday, 7 June 2020 until at least Monday, 22 June) is reassessed by the Commissioner of Police every 48 hours.

 

Sister Islands

  • You can read Little Cayman curfew information here.
  • You can read Cayman Brac curfew information here.

 

 

Who Is An Essential Business?

Essential businesses are permitted to serve the public after applying for an exemption. These include:

  • Health care facilities
  • Supermarkets, convenience stores, minimarts, liquor stores, pharmacies, gas or refilling stations, post offices, mail and parcel delivery businesses, hardware stores, home depots, retail businesses, car wash businesses, real estate businesses, pet grooming businesses and laundromats, which may operate within the hours of 6am to 9pm (subject to any restrictions in other legislation).
  • Banks, credit unions and building societies, which may operate from 9am to 4pm.
  • Money remittance facilities may operate between 6am and 7pm, subject to conditions that may be imposed.
  • Restaurants to produce food for take-out and delivery. Takeout must be picked up by 7pm and food delivery must be completed by 10pm.
  • Construction, building and maintenance businesses, including businesses which provide engineering, plumbing, electrical, air conditioning and similar services between 6am and 9pm and subject to any conditions which may be imposed by the Competent Authority.
  • Such other public places as may be specified by the Competent Authority.
Other examples of essential businesses are:
  • car dealerships, auto-parts, and garages
  • those performing vital tasks such as water/gas delivery
  • those unloading and transporting cargo
  • news media
  • taxis and omnibuses
  • emergency veterinary services
  • pest control companies
  • licensed security guard businesses

Mobile Business Operation

  • Grounds maintenance, landscaping, gardening services
  • Mobile car wash services
  • Mobile tyre repair services
  • Pool maintenance

If those businesses have applied for an exemption, and received a permit, they are allowed to operate - subject to the provisions of the regulations.

Employees of these essential businesses need to be issued with a letter from their employer, stating that they are an essential staff member.

 

How Do I Apply For a Curfew Exemption?

Essential businesses are permitted to serve the public after applying for an exemption. They must first request an exemption here.

All essential businesses must supply a valid trade and business license where required.

 

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

Persons looking to move from one property to another should apply for a curfew exemption. Applicants should include both their old and new address in the request.

 

Can Children play with their friends?

No. At this time, children may not play with other people who are outside of their immediate household, including on private property.

All educational institutions, including early childhood centres, and public and strata playgrounds are closed.

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

 

Are Supermarkets Included In The Public Gatherings Ban?

Supermarkets, convenience stores, mini-marts, pharmacies, hospitals and most other essential businesses that are currently open to the public are exempt from the public gathering ban. 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.

No more than 2 people who do not live in the same household are allowed to gather in public places, including beaches, until 11:59pm on Saturday, 6 June.

On and after Sunday, 7 June, up to 6 people are allowed to gather in public places.

 

Are private parties included in the gathering ban?

While private households are not considered "public places" for the purposes of the ban, private parties which include any person from outside of the immediate household are also banned at all times and in all places.

 

Are workplaces included in the Public gathering ban?

To facilitate hard and soft curfew conditions, all non-essential establishments, institutions, businesses, organisations and offices shall be closed. Businesses may ask employees to work remotely from home. All persons employed within the public service, unless specifically designated as essential workers, shall work remotely from home.

Any essential operations that remain open are required to 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 so that all employees may maintain a distance of at least six feet feet from any other person wherever possible.

 

Are staff members included in the public gatherings ban for places like Restaurants?

No, where business remain open to provide essential services in line with all restrictions in the "soft" curfew regulations, staff members are not included in the public gathering ban.

 

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.

 

What happens if someone is caught breaking curfew?

The RCIPS will monitor the streets and use common sense and fairness in strict application of the order. 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.

Anyone who fails to comply with the hard nighttime curfew will be subject to arrest by the police without a warrant and on summary conviction will be liable to a fine of $3,000 or to imprisonment for one year, or to both.

A person who, without lawful authority, remains in a place other than the confines of the person’s place of residence, inclusive of the person’s 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 ticketing system has also been introduced for certain offences that allows persons found in breach of the "soft curfew" 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. From Tuesday, 19 May, 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 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.

Please note: Beginning Sunday, 7 June you may go fishing every day of the week with up to 5 other persons (up to a maximum of six people may fish together) 4:45am-9pm


Can I Go Scuba-diving?

No. Not at this time.

Because research into SARS-CoV-2 (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.

The regulations at this time include residents who own their own diving supplies as it would be too difficult for the RCIPS to police the waters.

 

Can I Play sports?

Yes, though you may not play contact-sports of any kind. You must maintain social distancing at all times during open air non-contact sports with up to one other person who is not a member of your household.

You also may use private or strata tennis courts.


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

No. Social gatherings of any kind, even on private property, are not allowed.

 

Can I Go on a boat?

Large commercial fishing boats may operate in addition to other cargo.

Boats may operate for fishing only 5:15am-7pm daily with no maximum time limit.

No more than two people may be in any boat, including children or members of the same household.

No high-speed watercraft or party boats are permitted at any times.

You may not use a boat for any purpose other than fishing.

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

You may not travel between the islands on a boat or leave the territorial waters (using the International Maritime definition of 12 miles from shore). 

Please note: Beginning Sunday, 7 June you may go fishing every day of the week with up to 5 other persons (up to a maximum of six people may fish together) 4:45am-9pm

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?

Until further notice there are provisions in place in supermarkets, convenience stores and minimarts as well as other essential businesses:

  • Adults with the last name beginning in A through K will be allowed to enter in order to shop for essential goods on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
  • Adults with the last name beginning in L through Z will be allowed to enter in order to shop for essential goods on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
  • All persons may shop at convenience stores and minimarts on Sundays.
  • Individuals with hyphenated or multiple surnames should use the first letter of the first surname.

It is recommended that only one member of your household attend supermarkets in order to shop for your family. We strongly discourage taking children to the supermarkets.

People may carry out grocery shopping for those who cannot go out of their houses whether this is due to being vulnerable, elderly, or in self-isolation. Residents are reminded to maintain social distancing if this is the case (leave groceries by the door and exit the property, maintain at least six feet or two metres distance). In this case, residents should carry out this shopping on the day that corresponds to their own last name.

When Can I Go To The Bank?

Until further notice there are provisions in place in banks, credit unions and building societies to help our community maintain social distancing:

  • Adults with the last name beginning in A through K will be allowed to conduct in-person financial transactions on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
  • Adults with the last name beginning in L through Z will be allowed to conduct in-person financial transactions on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays
  • Individuals with hyphenated or multiple surnames should use the first letter of the first surname.

It is recommended 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.

Learn more here.

 

When Can I Go Exercising?

You may exercise indoors in your private property and in your private yard space at any time.

You may exercise outside your property for up to two hours a day between 5:15am and 7pm. The only exceptions are for exercising on the beach or swimming in the sea, which is restricted by surname. See When can I go to the beach?

Exercise includes:

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

You may not exercise in or on:

  • playgrounds
  • public or strata gyms
  • public pools

You can exercise outdoors:

  • alone
  • with your immediate household
  • with one other person who is not in your immediate household, provided you maintain a distance of at least six feet or two metres at all times

Please note: Beginning Sunday, 7 June you may exercise with up to six people, providing physical distancing is maintained, and between the hours of 4:45am and 9pm. You may also exercise on the beach and swim in the sea every day of the week, including Sundays. 

 

When Can I Go To The Post Office?

Visits to open post offices are subject to soft curfew restrictions. Persons whose last names or businesses with whose name begins with A – K may visit a post office on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Persons whose last names or businesses with whose name begins with L - Z may do so on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

For anything other than clearing an outside post box, post offices are only open on Wednesdays and Thursdays. 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?

Persons who travel to restaurants which provide drive-through or curb side collection of food or provide for the take out of food may do so until 8pm. 

Travelling to pick up drive-through or takeaway food is allowed as an activity every day.

 

When Can I Drive to Go Exercise?

You may drive to exercise every day as long as it is not to the beach.

You may only drive to exercise at the beach on your last name day. 

  • A-K Monday, Wednesday, Friday
  • L-Z Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

Individuals with hyphenated or multiple surnames should use the first letter of the first surname.

Adults with two separate last name days who live in the same household must still operate by their own last name day.

Driving time is included in the two hours of exercise daily.

Please note: Beginning Sunday, 7 June you may exercise on the beach and swim in the sea every day of the week.

 

Learn More About Curfew

Visit our Curfew & Social Distancing page to learn more about the curfew.

 

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