Level 2 – Minimal suppression rules and regulations

Premier Alden McLaughlin shows the five suppression levels for controlling COVID-19
Premier Alden McLaughlin shows the five suppression levels for controlling COVID-19. - Photo: GIS

Premier Alden McLaughlin on Wednesday outlined a series of plans to ease restrictions related to Cayman’s COVID-19 suppression measures.

The plans come as Cayman moves into Level 2 (minimal suppression), which will be unrolled on three key dates: 21 June, 5 July and 19 July. Here are the plans by date:

21 June

These changes to the current regulations come into place as of 4:30am on Sunday, 21 June:

  • Hard curfew on Grand Cayman will come to an end.
  • Those in Grand Cayman no longer subject to shelter-in-place restrictions.
  • The ‘alphabet day’ system will no longer be used.
  • People remain required to maintain social-distancing protocols and wear masks indoors in public places where they can’t social distance.
  • There is no longer a prohibition on people visiting others’ homes
  • Domestic helpers and caregivers can return to work.
  • Up to 25 people can now meet or gather in Grand Cayman; that number stays at 25 in Cayman Brac. Social-distancing requirements continue to apply. There are no restrictions on gatherings in Little Cayman.
  • All festive ceremonies (such as carnivals, parties, dances and concerts) will continue to be banned in Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac, regardless of the number of people involved.
  • Most establishments – including businesses, offices, churches, theatres, beauty salons, barbers, salons and spas, as well as medical and dental offices, will be able to fully operate. They must, however, observe social-distancing protocols and ensure masks are worn. These establishments are not subject to the 25-person-maximum restrictions.
  • Restaurants and bars will continue to be able to serve patrons on a patio or other outdoor area which forms a part of the premises. New regulations require each table remain at least eight feet apart, but there no longer will be limitations on how many people can sit together. However, those at a table must maintain six-feet separation.
  • In bars and restaurants, seating or service at an indoor counter or bar remains prohibited.
  • Restaurants and bars can operate within the hours stipulated in their licences.
  • Karaoke and dancing are still not permitted at this stage.
  • Up to 25 guests are allowed at a wedding.
  • Up to 25 guests are allowed at funerals.
  • People can now exercise at any time while keeping social distancing.
  • Beach restrictions also fall away, save for adherence to social-distancing and hygiene protocols, as well as the regulations regarding public gatherings.
  • Pools and hot tubs can be used by people of different households.
  • Scuba diving will be allowed. However, customers cannot rent scuba or snorkel equipment other than air tanks.
  • In Grand Cayman, boats can now be used for any purpose, but no more than 10 people are allowed onboard.
  • In Grand Cayman, boats are still not allowed to travel for pleasure to the Sister Islands.
  • Those on separate boats can gather together as long as the number of people between the boats does not exceed 10.
  • The sandbar, Stingray City, Rum Point and Starfish Point are still off limits.
  • Inter-island travel by boat remains prohibited, apart from freight.
  • Those in Grand Cayman wanting to travel to the Sister Islands by air can do so subject to the following: notify the medical officer of health, remain at a place of isolation for 14 days prior to travel, and receive a negative test result before travelling.
  • Staycations are permitted.

5 July

The following restrictions come into place 5 July and remain until 19 July:

  • All education institutions and facilities – including camps, bible schools and preschools – can commence activities, including sports and social events. No contact sports are allowed at this stage.
  • Restaurants and bars will be able to offer both indoor and outdoor services, under the following restrictions: six feet between tables; the distance between those at a table decreases from six to three feet, with no limits on how many patrons are allowed to sit together. Front-of-house staff must continue to wear masks/cloth face coverings.
  • In Grand Cayman, exercise in strata and public gyms is permitted.
  • Those wishing to travel from Grand Cayman to the Sister Islands may do so subject to the following: notify medical officer of health of proposed travel and be tested for COVID-19. On receipt of negative result, individual must be transported directly to airport for flight.

19 July

The following restrictions come into place 19 July and remain until 2 Aug.:

  • Dancing and karaoke at bars and restaurants will be allowed.
  • Night clubs can resume operation.
  • Contact sports will be permitted.
  • No more restrictions limiting the number of people gathering on a boat(s) to 10.
  • Restrictions and prohibition of boats and people accessing the sandbar, Stingray City, Starfish Point and Rum Point will also fall away.

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