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Current Travel Regulations have been extended to June 30, 2022 .  Learn more.
 

What Are The Rules?

Last Updated May 27, 2022, 10:51 AM

Regulations have been made by Cabinet under the Public Health Act (2021 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.

Control Of Covid-19 (Travel) (No. 2) Regulations, 2022 came into effect as of 8 April, 2022, which have been extended to 30th June 2022. Control and Management of Covid-19 (No. 3) Regulations, 2022 are in effect as of 28 April, 2022.

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 The "hard" curfew orders - which are no longer in effect on any of the Islands - were enacted under the Police Act (2021 Revision).

Government's Response To COVID-19

All persons over the age of 5 years are required to wear a face covering or mask if they are indoors, but at a public place and unable to maintain a distance of 6 feet from every other person. 

Exceptions include persons: 

  • unable to wear a face covering or mask due to a medical condition 
  • exempted by guidance provided by the Medical Officer of Health 
  • sitting or eating, without talking at their desk 
  • sitting at a table indoors a restaurant or bar 

Owners or operators of establishments may require any person visiting their establishment to wear a face covering or mask prior to entry. 

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. 

When aboard an aircraft all passengers must wear a mask or cloth face covering at all times. The captain and crew are required to wear a mask when they are interacting with passengers.

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No more than 750 people may gather in public indoors.

Places not exempt from public meetings (like a private home), may allow up to 750 persons to gather indoors.

There is no longer a public gathering limit for the outdoors. 

Churches with an indoor capacity of more than 750 persons can exceed the 750-person limit.

Public meeting limits do not include:

  • Bride, groom, official witnesses and marriage officer
  • Persons entering into civil partnership, official witnesses and civil partnership officer
  • 6 pallbearers, officiant and essential mortuary staff

Restaurants and bars may offer indoor and outdoor services, provided that servers and front of house staff wear masks or cloth face coverings while serving customer.

 

Medical Officer of Health may authorise limits above the stipulated limits by notice published in the Gazette, in any other official Government website or in any other official means of communication

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

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. 
  • 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. 
  • shall not rent the same shared scuba equipment to another customer until three days has elapsed: and 
  • 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.

Establishments, institutions, businesses, organisations and offices, cinemas, theatres, or churches, that can accommodate more than 750 people indoors may exceed the public gathering limit. 

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.  

Public gathering limits apply to indoor sporting events. 

There are no restrictions for outdoor sporting activities.  

Places not exempt from public meetings (like a private home), may allow up to 750 persons to gather indoors (there is no longer an outdoor gathering limit).
 
If the event location contains indoor and outdoor areas, then no more than 750 are allowed in an indoor area at any one time.
 
Persons NOT counted  in the public gathering limit for these activities:
    • Bride, groom, official witnesses and marriage officer
    • Persons entering into civil partnership, official witnesses and civil partnership officer
    • 6 pallbearers, officiant and essential mortuary staff

Anyone wishing to visit a healthcare facility, detention facility or residential home must either:  

  • Provide a medical certificate showing that the person had a negative COVID-19 test result to the owner or operator of the residential home care facility, or a person designated by the owner or operator OR 
  • Take a test in the presence of a member of staff of the residential home care facility who is designated by the owner or operator of the facility to observe such testing. 

Regulations for the use of boats in the waters has been removed, resulting in the removal of gathering limits for public health reasons on boats.

  • 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 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

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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 pay a $10,000 fine and serve two years imprisonment.

You can report breaches to Travel Cayman.

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If you test positive on an LFT, you must isolate immediately and report your result here.

Public Health will advise when it is safe for you to be released from isolation.  

No post-arrival screening is required for travellers.

See the full details of the National Policy for Lateral Flow Testing in the Cayman Islands.

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Guidance for early childhood care and education (ECCE) centres, schools and post compulsory educational institutions in the Cayman Islands using lateral flow test (also known as antigen-detecting rapid diagnostic tests).

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Guidance for parents/guardians on what to do when their child or someone in their household tests positive. 

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  • There are no restrictions on inter-island travel for fully vaccinated persons nor unvaccinated persons.
  • Unvaccinated persons are required to produce a negative PCR or certified LFT taken no earlier than the day prior to departure.
  • Unvaccinated travellers under the age of 18 are not required to undergo testing if they are accompanied by an accompanying person who has completed and approved vaccine course at least 14 days prior to the accompanying person’s date of travel.
  • Travellers under the age of 5 are not required to undergo testing.

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For full details on the Border Reopening Plan including travel policies, visit  this page. 

Isolation & Quarantine

Anyone who is advised to isolate by Public Health must do so.  Anyone who experiences COVID-19 symptoms such as coughing, shortness of breath and fever should isolate and consider taking a COVID-19 test. 

If you are isolating, you need to stay indoors and avoid contact with other people for a set period of time as advised by the Department of Public Health.

When advised by Public Health, all members of the household will be tested for COVID-19 and a negative test result is required in order for a quarantine to cease. 

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 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.

The following is required:

  • 7 days quarantine is required for unvaccinated travellers (age 12 years and over) along with all unvaccinated members of their household.

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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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