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COVID-19 FAQs: Grand Cayman Regulations & Restrictions

Cayman Islands Government
Published: April 28 2020
Last Updated: November 20, 2021

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:

 

Rules

  1. What are the rules for public places?
  2. Can I eat at a restaurant or bar?

 

Curfew & Other Restrictions

  1. Is there still a curfew?
  2. Can I visit a care home, prison, or disabled and special needs home?

 

The Public Meetings Ban

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

  1. Are supermarkets included in the public meetings ban?
  2. Are beaches included in the public meetings ban?
  3. Are workplaces included in the public meetings ban?
  4. How many persons are allowed to attend weddings, civil partnerships and funerals?
  5. Which persons are not included when calculating attendance levels at weddings, civil partnerships and funerals?
  6. What if there are multiple areas at the location that I want to hold a wedding/civil partnership ceremony/funeral?
  7. What if I am expecting more than 250 persons to my wedding/civil partnership or the funeral I am organising?  
  8. What are the physical distancing requirements for weddings, civil partnerships and funerals?

 

Consequences & Breaches

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

 

Can I...

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

 

 

 

What are the rules for public places?

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 at
    • your desk at your place of employment
    • your desk, or at a table, at your educational institution
    • as a customer sitting at a table or counter inside of a bar or restaurant

Where a customer refuses to wear a mask or cloth face covering for non-medical
reasons, the owner or operator of a public place may decline entry to the person.

No more than 100 people may gather in a public place indoors and no more than 250 people may gather outdoors. If a venue has both indoor and outdoor areas, the total sum of people must be no more than 250 ad no more than 100 can be indoors at any time.

Where the outdoor area of a public place is capable of being divided into two or more partitioned areas and is so divided, and an activity is simultaneously held in each partitioned area, no more than 250 persons are allowed to gather in each respective partitioned area.

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.

 

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.

 

 

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.


Are Supermarkets Included In The Public Meetings 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 Meetings Ban?

Yes. Beaches are included in the ban.

No more than 250 people may gather in public outdoors for the purposes of engaging in an activity together.

 

Are workplaces included in the Public Meetings ban?

Employees in workplaces are not included within the ban.

 

How many persons are allowed to attend weddings, civil partnerships and funerals?

Up to 100 persons may gather indoors or 250 persons may gather outdoors for these activities, but if the event location contains both indoor and outdoor areas, then the public gathering limit is capped at 250 and no more than 100 are allowed in an indoor area at any one time.


Which persons are not included when calculating attendance levels at weddings, civil partnerships and funerals?

The following persons are NOT counted  in the public gathering limit for these activities:
  • For weddings-bride, groom, official witnesses and marriage officer
  • For civil partnerships- persons entering into civil partnership, official witnesses and civil partnership officer
  • For funerals- 6 pallbearers, officiant and essential mortuary staff


What if there are multiple areas at the location that I want to hold a wedding/civil partnership ceremony/funeral?

If there are indoor and outdoor areas at your chosen location, then the public gathering limit is capped at 250 and no more than 100 are allowed in an indoor area at any one time.


What if I am expecting more than 250 persons to my wedding/civil partnership or the funeral I am organising?  

Consider live streaming the event in order to meet the public gathering limits.
 
If the venue for a wedding, civil partnership or funeral contains various indoor and outdoor areas, then the public gathering limit is 250, and no more than 100 are allowed in an indoor area at any one time.
 
The following are examples of different scenarios which the public gathering limits may be followed:
 
  • 100 persons attend the event inside and 150 persons watch the event livestream outside;
  • 100 persons attend indoors in the main church, 100 persons watch via live stream inside a separate indoor hall, and 50 persons watch outside via live stream;
  • 150 persons attend the event outside and 100 persons watch the event live stream inside; or
  • 250 persons attend an outdoor wedding, civil partnership, or funeral.
 
In all of the above scenarios, it is expected that the persons should not exceed the public gathering limit of 250.
 


What are the physical distancing requirements for weddings, civil partnerships and funerals?

All venues, including churches but excluding private homes, must ensure that persons not residing in the same household distance at least 6ft away from any other person.

 

 

 

 

What happens if the Public Meeting ban is breached?

Anyone found breaking the ban on public gatherings will be guilty of a criminal offence and faces a fine of ten thousand dollars and two years 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 ten thousand dollars and to imprisonment for two years. 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 Go fishing?

Yes. In Grand Cayman you may go fishing at any time however there are certain areas where you may only use a boat for fishing. These include:

  • The area known as 60 Mile Bank, that is to say the area within 3 miles of Latitude 20° 0' 55.412" N Longitude 82° 2' 11.149" W;
  • The area known as Pickle Bank, that is to say the area within 20 miles of Latitude 20° 23' 40.210" N Longitude 80° 26' 37.769" W
  • The area known as 12 Mile Bank, that is to say the area within 5 miles of Latitude 19° 19' 48.192" N Longitude 81° 34' 55.724" W
  • The area known as Lawford’s Bank, that is to say the area within 10 miles of
    Latitude 19° 28' 10.8912" N Longitude 79° 7' 48.63" W
  • The area known as Fish Attracting Device (FAD), that is to say the area within 1 mile of Latitude 19° 44' 43.8" N Longitude 81° 19' 34.38" W

If you wish to fish in the above areas, you must make sure

  • that the operator of the boat has clearance to leave the waters issued
    by the Customs and Border Control Service
  • that the operator of the boat ensures the boat has no more than 25 people or its legal capacity on board at any time, whichever is lesser
  • that the people on board the boat return to the Islands no later than 48 hours after the beginning of the outward journey
  • that a person who used, or was on board, a boat—
    complies with the directions of the Medical Officer of Health with
    regard to isolation and any additional health monitoring for the purposes
    of preventing, controlling or suppressing the spread of the virus
  • that anyone who was on the boat and who shows respiratory symptoms or symptoms of the virus shall be managed at a place and in such manner as specified by the Medical Officer of Health, until the Medical Officer of Health determines that the person is not a health risk to the public; and where a person is directed by the Medical Officer of Health
  • that a person does not operate or manoeuvre a boat in the areas specified so as to congregate or gather with any other person on any other boat
    or vessel where the number of persons gathering exceeds 25 people
  • that the operator shall declare to the Medical Officer of Health if there was any person on board that operator’s boat, other than a person in respect of whom that operator received the clearance 

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

You may visit Cayman Brac or Little Cayman via boat if you have completed a full course of the COVID-19 vaccination, can provide the vaccination certificate, and are not displaying symptoms of COVID-19.

If you have not completed your COVID-19 vaccines 14 days before you will be required to take a test no more than 48 hours before arriving.

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. From Saturday 20 November, 2021, sporting activities are allowed as long as:

    • the organiser of the sporting activity shall not permit more than 250 people at any time as spectators of or as participants in the relevant sporting activity
    • each spectator must wear a mask if unable to maintain social distancing
    • each person in the gym, fitness centre or other indoor fitness area
      shall maintain a distance of six feet from every other person in a different household

  • If indoors in a gym, fitness centre or other indoor fitness area
      • the owner or operator of the gym, fitness centre or other indoor
        fitness area shall not permit more than 50% of the legal capacity at any time in the gym, fitness centre or other indoor fitness area, including
        employees, patrons, participants and spectators
      • anyone who is not employee and who enters the gym, fitness centre
        or other indoor fitness area must
        • have, at least fourteen days prior to the date of the sporting activity completed an approved vaccine course, proof of which must be submitted in the form of a vaccination certificate, or;
        • present the owner or operator with a medical
          certificate which shows that the person had a negative
          polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test of a sample from
          the upper airways, or a negative result of an approved
          test, no more than forty-eight hours prior to the date of
          the sporting activity and which specifies the name and
          address of the approved laboratory where the test was
          performed
      • each person in the gym, fitness centre or other indoor fitness area shall maintain a distance of six feet from every other person in a different household
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Can I Have a social gathering? Can I Visit Friends Or Family?

Yes. Social gatherings are now allowed.

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

 

Can I Go on a boat?

Yes. As of Saturday 20 November, 2021:

  • the operator of the boat shall ensure that the boat has (on board at any time) no more than one hundred persons or 70% of its legal capacity (whichever is lesser).
  • A person shall not operate or manoeuvre any boat so as to congregate or gather with any other person on any other boat or vessel where the number of persons gathering exceeds one hundred persons 

If you are fishing in certain areas, you must adhere to fishing seasons see Can I go fishing?

 

 

Can I Use or operate public transport?

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

 

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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