Government has walked back on plans to introduce Daylight Saving Time, saying it is not the right time for the change.
Premier Alden McLaughlin, who had previously announced that the clocks would go forward in March, bringing Cayman Islands time into alignment with the east coast of the U.S., confirmed Friday that is no longer the plan.
“As with most of the issues government deals with, we listen to the public. Despite the results of the earlier survey, we have received considerable objections to the introduction of Daylight Saving Time,” he said.
“As such, we do not believe that now is the right time to bring legislation to the House.”
Mr. McLaughlin initially made the announcement in May last year that Daylight Saving Time would be implemented. An implementation committee was established and a Daylight Saving Time Bill was published in December, ahead of a planned switch on March 1 this year.
An introduction to the bill stated, “It is envisaged that the adoption of daylight saving time will bring several positive changes, including increased sunlight in the evenings, which could facilitate increased outdoor playtime for children, provide longer outdoor time for sports enthusiasts and encourage more family time outdoors in the evening.”
It also suggests there will be some benefit to the financial and tourism industries from being in sync with New York time.
Barry Bodden, the president of the Chamber of Commerce said its stance remained the same.
“Our position hasn’t changed. It is something that the chamber membership supports. There was public consultation about it and the premier announced [government] was moving forward. If that has changed, there is nothing we can do, except hold our position.
“It has always been our belief that it would be beneficial to the financial industry and tourism industry.”
Sandra Hill, a vocal opponent to the move on social media, said she was pleased to see the premier had decided not to implement Daylight Saving Time and hoped the idea would be ditched permanently.
She said it was an odd move at a time when other countries where considering getting rid of the policy of changing clocks with the seasons.
“The majority of the people are simply not in support of this and there was not a sufficient business case made for its implementation,” she said.