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The Control And Management of COVID-19 Regulations, 2021 are in effect as of Friday, 24th September, 2021.  Read more

What Are The Rules?

Last Updated September 24, 2021, 9:08 PM

Regulations have been made by Cabinet under the Public Health Law (2002 Revision) for the prevention, control and suppression of COVID-19.

This page describes policies that are currently in effect and will be updated as they change. While some of this information is meant to assist with understanding the Regulations, the Regulations remain the authority on what persons should and should not do during this time.

Additional legislation, including Regulations that were previously in force, can be found in the Legislation Gazette Supplements. The "hard" curfew orders - which are no longer in effect on any of the Islands - were enacted under the Police Law (2017 Revision).

The latest update extending current regulations was on Tuesday, 14th September, 2021 published here.

On Saturday, 18th September, the set of regulations governing boating and inter-island travel was repealed and replaced. The Prevention, Control and Suppression of Covid-19 (Travel and Boating) Regulations, 2021 came into effect on Tuesday, 21st September, 2021.

The Control of Covid-19 (No. 3) Regulations, 2021 are in effect as of Wednesday, 22nd September, 2021. These Regulations repeal and replace the set of regulations governing travel to the Cayman Islands, including quarantine and testing. 

The Control And Management of COVID-19 Regulations, 2021 are in effect as of Friday, 24rd September, 2021. The Control And Management COVID-19 (Amendment) Regulations 2021 are in effect as of Friday 24 September.

Government's Response To COVID-19

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
  • you are a desk at your place of employment
  • you are at a desk, or at a table, at your educational institution

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Businesses have the authority to require any person who visits their establishment to wear a mask and to refuse entry to any person who refuses to do so.

You are legally required to wear a mask or face covering in:

  • health care facilities
  • residential home care facilities
  • prisons or places of detention
  • airports
  • taxis or omnibuses
  • any other place specified by the Medical Officer of Health

When using a taxi, omnibus or school bus, the driver and all passengers must wear a mask or cloth face covering at all times.

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

If people are gathering for the same activity in an indoors and outdoors setting, no more than 250 people can gather overall and at no more than 100 people can be in the indoor area of that public place.

Public meeting limits do not include

  • people employed to be involved in the activity
  • the bride, bridegroom, official witnesses and the
    marriage officer at weddings
  • the parties to the intended civil
    partnership, official witnesses and the civil partnership officer at a civil partnership
  • up to six pallbearers, an officiant and essential mortuary staff at a funeral

These 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.

Social distancing and thorough attention to hygiene are the best form of defense against the transmission of COVID-19.

Social distancing is legally required in public spaces in the Cayman Islands. 

Each person in a public place shall maintain a distance of at least six feet from another person not in their household.

Businesses must restrict their numbers so that any one time so that each customer or congregant is able to distance himself
or herself at least six feet from any other person.

You can rent scuba or snorkelling equipment  provided that the person renting the equipment:
  •  prior to renting any shared scuba or snorkelling equipment will register with the Department of Environmental Health, for the purposes of monitoring and ensuring compliance with this regulation;
  •  the person shall ensure that all shared scuba and snorkelling equipment is cleaned each day using an agent approved for use against the virus by the Director of Environmental Health of the Department of Environmental Health;
  • where the person rents any shared scuba equipment to a customer, the person shall not rent the same shared scuba equipment to another customer until three days has elapsed; and
  •  the person shall comply with the written guidelines issued by the Director of Environmental Health of the Department of Environmental Health. 

An owner or operator of a business shall not use or permit the use of a hookah, shisha pipe or water pipe at the place of business.

According to the Prevention, Control and Suppression of COVID-19 (Travel and Boating) Regulations, 2021 the operator of any boat with a capacity over 40 people must ensure that the vessel has less than 100 people on board or 70% of its legal capacity (whichever is less).

You cannot operate or manoeuvre any boat so as to congregate or gather with any other person on any other boat or vessel where the gathering exceeds 100 people.

There are also certain areas that a person may only use 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 

In the Cayman Islands restaurants and bars may offer indoor and outdoor services. 

If you are an establishment, institution, business, organisation and office, cinema, theatre or church, that can accommodate more than 100 people you must restrict the number of customers or congregants so that at any one time so that each customer or congregant is able to distance himself
or herself at least six feet from any other person in a different household.

Businesses have the authority to require any person who visits their establishment to wear a mask and to refuse entry to any person who refuses to do so.

Owners and operators are also reminded that restaurants and bars are only permitted to operate within the hours of operation permitted by the Liquor Licensing Law (2019 Revision), the Sunday Trading Law (2014 Revision) and the Trade and Business Licencing Law (2019 Revision). 

From 27th September, 2021, sporting activities are allowed as long as:

  • If outdoors
    • 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
    • and
    • each spectator maintains 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

Featured

 

  • Control of Covid-19 (No. 3) Regulations, 2021
  • The Control And Management of COVID-19 Regulations, 2021 
  • Prevention, Control and Suppression of Covid-19 (Travel and Boating) Regulations, 2021

 

  • Control of Covid-19 (Vaccination) Regulations, 2021
  • Prevention, Control and Suppression of COVID-19 (Processions), 2021
  • Public Health (Prevention, Control and Suppression of COVID-19) (Ticket) Regulations, 2020
  • Public Health (Prevention, Control and Suppression of COVID-19) (Ticket) (Amendment) Regulations, 2020
  • Public Health (Prevention, Control and Suppression of COVID-19) (Ticket) (Amendment) (No.2) Regulations, 2020

General Penalties

There are various penalties for breaking the law. A full list can be found in the regulations themselves.

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Quarantine Breaches

If you breach quarantine you commit an offence. If you do this you could, on conviction, have to paid a $10,000 fine and serve two years imprisonment.

You can report breaches to Travel Cayman.

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Travel Regulations

Quarantine After Travel

The following is required:
  • 7 days quarantine for securely verified vaccinated travellers
  • 10 days quarantine for unverified vaccinated travellers
  • 14 days quarantine for unvaccinated travellers

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Isolation & Other Quarantine

Anyone who is advised to isolate by Public Health must do so. Anyone who believes they may have come in contact with someone who has COVID-19 should isolate at home for 14 days. Anyone who shows symptoms of COVID-19 should isolate at home for 14 days. Symptoms include coughing, fever, tiredness, breathing difficulties, and loss of smell and taste.

If you are required to isolate at home, everyone in the household is also required to isolate with you, even if they do not show symptoms of COVID-19. Isolation means no member of the household is allowed to leave the home unless it is an emergency.

Those who display symptoms of COVID-19 - including coughing, fever, tiredness, breathing difficulties, and loss of smell and taste - are also required to seek medical advice by contacting their General Practitioner or the 24-hour Flu Hotline on 1-800-534-8600 or 925-6327 (Flow) or 947-3077 (Digicel).

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Members of the household should limit their contact and maintain a distance of at least six feet from the individual who is suspected of having COVID-19.

As of Thursday, 15 July, 2021, you cannot remove or pass, or permit the removal or passing of, any item from quarantine or isolation

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You are not required to pay for quarantine in a Government facility if you provide evidence that the person travelling is:

  • a returning student;
  • travelling for the purposes of government business;
  • is travelling to represent the Islands in a sporting event as part of a national team
  • travelling with a medical certificate signed by a medical practitioner that the person travelled from Grand Cayman to Cayman Brac
    or Little Cayman in order to obtain medical services
  •  a parent, guardian or caregiver who provides evidence that
    the person travelled from Grand Cayman to Cayman Brac or Little
    Cayman for the purposes of taking the person’s child, or a child in the
    person’s care to —
    (i) an educational institution; or
    (ii) represent the Islands in a sporting event as part of a national team
  • somebody who has responsibility to take a child or an adult to obtain medical services

 

As of September 9, 2021, the Cayman Islands began a phased reopening and entry is limited to select categories of travellers arriving by air.

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If you wish to travel to the Cayman Islands, please contact the Travel Cayman team

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Since Monday, 16 March 2020, cruise ships and private vessels are not being accepted to the ports of the Cayman Islands. Cargo ships are unaffected by this ban, including for inter-island transport of freight.

People Who Can Travel

  • Securely verified vaccinated travellers
  • Unvaccinated visitors are not allowed
  • Returning Caymanians and residents
  • Children of Caymanians and residents who are traveling with that person
  • No cruise tourism

Leaving The Cayman Islands

There are currently no restrictions on outbound travel from the Cayman Islands but non-essential travel is discouraged. If you plan to return, options are limited and your stay overseas may be longer than anticipated. On arrival, you will also be subject to quarantine requirements.


 

 

Across the Cayman Islands, drivers and passengers of taxis or omnibuses must wear masks or cloth face coverings when providing or using the services. This includes school buses.

These restrictions are in place under the Prevention, Control and Suppression of COVID-19 (No. 2) Regulations, 2021. These Regulations came into effect on Friday, 14 May 2021.

You can travel to Little Cayman or Cayman Brac from Grand Cayman if you have evidence that you have had the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before (all doses) and:

  • are not displaying symptoms of COVID-19, and
  • can provide the airline or Port Authority with a vaccination certificate

If you have not completed your COVID-19 vaccination course 14 days before travel and you are over the age of 5, you need to provide a negative PCR test for COVID-19 to the airline or a Customs and Border Control officer at the Port Authority no more than 48 hours before departing.

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