Government has removed the PCR testing requirement for returning travellers who have completed their COVID-19 vaccination course with the Health Services Authority.

The announcement, which also maintained a ban on carnival parades, was made through a statement Friday evening outlining amendments to existing COVID-19 regulations.

“Amendment to Regulation 4 removed the requirement for SARS-CoV-2 PCR testing prior to boarding a plane to the Cayman Islands. This applies only if the traveller has completed a full course of vaccination by the HSA against the COVID-19 disease at least two weeks before boarding,” the statement said.

The quarantine protocols remain unchanged. Those fully vaccinated returning to the Cayman Islands are required to isolate for 10 days.

Unvaccinated travellers are mandated to quarantine for 14 days.

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PCR tests 72 hours prior to arrival will still be required for everyone else.

The changes were gazetted Friday and took effect immediately.

The newly amended Control of COVID-19 (No. 2) Regulations, 2021 will continue through 15 July 2021.

Government also issued an exemption for shelters from the 500-person gathering limit when the premises are being used for an emergency.

“Amendments to Regulations 2 and 3 permit emergency shelters to have over 500 persons indoors only in circumstances where the premises are being used as an emergency shelter in the event of a threat of a disaster or the aftermath of a disaster,” the statement said.

This change comes weeks ahead of the formal start of the 2021 hurricane season on 1 June.

Changes were also made to the prohibitions around carnival-related social events.

These events now have the green light to resume in earnest; however, government has maintained the prohibition for parades, including carnival parades.

“Changes to Regulation 4 lifted the prohibition of parties, stage shows, concerts and other social activities related to parades. Parades, including carnival parades, are still prohibited, regardless of location and the number of persons participating, and require the express approval of the Cabinet via regulation to occur,” the statement added.

While government said the regulations will run until July, it added that Cabinet “will continue to determine what public health measures are necessary, including after 15 July, 2021, and may continue to amend the regulations and/or extend these restrictions as long as required”.

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  1. Since the UK NHS app now shows details of UK vaccinations, for those of us who were fully vaccinated in the UK more than two weeks ago, will the Cayman Government now allow this as proof that we have completed the equivalent of the Cayman HSA course? If not, why not?