The Public Health Department has advised people with asthma and other respiratory illnesses to remain indoors as much as possible.

The Sahara dust plume is currently stretching across the Caribbean causing elevated levels of dust and particulate matter in the air.

According to the National Weather Service the effect of the dust cloud will fluctuate this weekend with hazy conditions returning from Sunday. A dust plume reached Cayman last week as well, darkening skies for about three days between Tuesday and Thursday.

The Public Health Department recommends the use of masks for anyone who can wear them. It urged those who are susceptible to the conditions to remain calm if they have to venture out and contact their healthcare provider if they experience any difficulties.

For up-to-date weather information please visit For any health concerns call your doctor or Public Health at 244.2621.

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  1. I thought masks were essentially mandatory anyway because if covid19 suppression measures, so the PHD’s advice for “anyone who can wear them” could be somewhat misleading; they should dovetail their dust warnings into coronavirus warnings to ensure effectiveness, compliance and dual protection. It’s relevant to do so because any impact on pulmonary health could benefit coronavirus effects.

    However, I must say, from my limited exposure and observations, it seems like the majority of Cayman’s population are respecting the advice on wearing masks, unlike like many in the USA. Hope compliance in Cayman continues for as long as coronavirus remains a risk, and never generally adopt the selfish attitudes about individual rights and “freedoms” to not wear masks. Please respect the rights and freedoms of others who will wear masks and don’t want their safety to be put at risk by the selfish and uncaring.

    What a year 2020 has bee n so far – earthquakes, toxic dump fires, plague, economic hardships, unemployment, Sahara dust! Hope we don’t have any serious hurricanes or any other catastrophes.

    God bless Cayman Islands.