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COVID-19 FAQs: Grand Cayman Regulations & Restrictions

Cayman Islands Government
Published: April 28 2020
Last Updated: August 25, 2020

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. Are staycations permitted?

 

The Public Gatherings Ban

No more than 250 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'.

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 may or may not wear a face mask or face covering.

If you are indoors a public place and wish to wear a mask or cloth face covering, you cannot be denied entry by the owner or operator. 

You must wear a mask or face covering when you are in:

  • health care facilities
  • a residential home care facility;
  • a prison or place of detention;
  • an airport
  • or such other public place as may be specified by notice by the Medical Officer of Health
  •  a taxi or an omnibus 

 

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. 

A maximum of 250 people may gather on the beach for leisure, recreational and other activities.

 

Can I eat at a restaurant or bar?

In Grand Cayman, restaurants and bars may offer indoor and outdoor services.

 
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?

Visitors to persons held in prison or a detention centre in Grand Cayman or Cayman Brac must be a relative of the detainee. Persons must return a negative test for COVID-19 to the satisfaction of the Medical Officer of Health, within three days of the intended visit. They must also follow direction from the Director of Prisons regarding social distancing and the wearing of PPE (or the Medical Officer of Health when falling outside the remit of the Director of Prisons).

If you wish to visit a residential care home, you must be tested for COVID-19 within the three days before your scheduled visit. You will only be allowed to visit once you have provided the results from a negative test. You must also then maintain at least six feet of distance from all other persons while at the care home.

 

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 250 people may swim together under the public gathering limit. 


What activities are allowed within my strata?

Pools, gyms and other facilities are allowed to open at stratas. 

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.

 

 

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.

Are Beaches Included In the Public Gatherings Ban?

Yes. Beaches are included in the ban and no more than 250 people are allowed to gather in public places, including beaches.

 

Are workplaces included in the Public gathering ban?

Employees in workplaces are not included within the ban on more than 250 people gathering in public, businesses and other operations.

 

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 and other regulatory agencies will monitor compliance using common sense and fairness in strict application of the Regulations under the Public Health Law. Persons stopped for committing an offence under the Regulations 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. Strata pools were permitted to open from Tuesday, 19 May.


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 250 people per boat. If boats are congregating, the total number of persons gathering must not exceed 250 total. 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 visit Cayman Brac or Little Cayman via boat if you have been in Grand Cayman for at least 14 days without testing. If you have not been in Grand Cayman for at least 14 days you will be required to take a test. 

 



Can I Go Scuba-diving?

Yes. You can also rent scuba or snorkelling equipment provided the owner or operator follows regulations.

 

Can I Play sports?

Yes. All sports, including contact sports, are now permitted subject to certain restrictions and requirements. 

No more than 250 people may gather to exercise together or spectate.


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 have no more than 250 persons or the legal capacity (whichever is lesser) on a boat within territorial waters. 

If boats are congregating, the number of persons gathering must not exceed 250 total.

Commercial boats are subject to the same restrictions on the number of passengers.

You may now visit Cayman Brac and Little Cayman by boat provided you have been in the Cayman 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. 

 

Can I Use or operate public transport?

Yes. All drivers and passengers must wear face masks or coverings.

 

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 and public and strata gyms are also permitted to open.

You may exercise with people who are not in your immediate household, provided no more than 250 people gather. 


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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