Stores throughout Cayman will be open on Saturday as Monday will be the public holiday in lieu of Boxing Day which falls at the weekend this year.
The government released a statement this week to clarify any confusion over the public holiday.
‘The move to confirm the holiday was prompted by wording in the Public Holidays Law (2007 Revision) schedule, which states that the ‘day after Christmas Day’ is a holiday,’ the statement read.
The Governor-in-Cabinet amended the Schedule to the Law on Tuesday, officially making Monday the public holiday, rather than Boxing Day on Saturday.
Wil Pineau, CEO of the Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce reminded the shopping public that it would be ‘business as usual’ for retailers on Saturday.
‘We’re hoping it’ll be a busy day as after Christmas there are usually some Christmas returns,’ he said.
Supermarkets will open for limited hours on Monday.
Kirk’s Supermarket will be open for its regular hours 7am to 10pm on Christmas Eve and on Boxing Day, and on Monday will be open from 9am to 5pm.
Foster’s is open for its regular hours – 7am to 11pm – on Christmas Eve and on Saturday, and will operate from 9am to 6pm on Monday.
Hurley’s will be operating its regular hours – 7am to 11pm – on Christmas Eve and on Boxing Day and will be open from 9am to 6pm on Monday.
However, some stores will remain closed until 29 December, so those who want to return gifts or do some year-end shopping will have to wait until then. For example, AL Thompson’s, which closes at 7pm on Christmas Eve, will be closed on both Saturday and Monday, while Cox Lumber, open until 5pm on Christmas Eve, will be closed on Saturday and Monday. Kirk’s Home Centre will also be closed Saturday and Monday but will be open until 6pm on Christmas Eve.
Some shops in George Town, including the Island Companies stores, will be open on Saturday.
Banks will close for a half day on Christmas Eve, with most closing at 1pm. They will remain closed until 29 December.