Commissioner: ‘Almost total compliance’ of curfew

Police officers carry out a road block to catch people who break curfew hours.
Police officers carry out a road block to catch people who break curfew hours.

LIVE: For the latest updates on the coronavirus, follow our live blog.

Cayman’s residents have been praised for remaining largely compliant with a 24-hour curfew.

“I’m pleased to report that there was almost total compliance with the curfew order,” said the RCIPS Commissioner Derek Byrne, when revealing the statistics of the last 24 hours.

He said, “Little Cayman, no issues arising of any kind. Cayman Brac, 94 police interceptions between 6am [Thursday] morning and 6am this morning, only eight persons found to be in breach.

“Grand Cayman, 270 police interceptions over that 24-hour period. 15 breaches of the curfew detected. Four arrests effected. So, overall, there is almost complete compliance.”

In addition to those numbers, Byrne said that between 6am and noon Friday, a further 400 interceptions were made by police across the islands, but the vast majority were found to be exempted workers.

“There were seven detections,” the commissioner said, “So that means 393 people were lawfully on the road in performance of their duties. So, overall very, very pleased with the curfew.”

The latest figures across all three islands now reveal that as of 2pm on Friday, 1,094 stops were made, six people were arrested (for committing predicate offences along with breaking curfew) and 20 people were warned for pending prosecution.

The commissioner was speaking at the government’s daily COVID-19 press conference, during which Premier Alden McLaughlin thanked the community for cooperating with the curfew.

“Yesterday evening, I was driven over the entire of Grand Cayman, from North West Point, Boatswain Bay [in West Bay], all the way to Rum Point and back home,” said McLaughlin.

“Quite frankly, I was so proud to be Caymanian. So proud of the way generally, as a people, we are respecting this and taking it seriously. We can do this together, Cayman.”

Full coverage: Coronavirus

If you value our service, if you have turned to us in the past few days or weeks for verified, factual updates, if you have watched our live streaming of press conferences or sent an article to a friend... please consider a donation. Quality local journalism was at risk before the coronavirus crisis. It is now deeply threatened. Even a small amount can go a long way to sustaining our mission of informing the public. We need our readers’ financial support now more than ever.