Health minister: 52 quarantine breaches in August

Governor: Police currently investigating 20 of the cases

Travel Cayman recorded 52 suspected breaches of quarantine last month, Health Minister Sabrina Turner said at a press briefing Wednesday.

“Fifty-two breaches – that is a very high number,” she said, adding that, as a result of rising reports of breaches, government is considering reintroducing GPS tracking for travellers in quarantine.

GPS monitoring of travellers undergoing five days of quarantine was discontinued in phase 2 of the reopening plan, which began on 9 Aug.

Turner noted that while the “nature and severity” of the breaches last month differed greatly, they warranted a review of the quarantine system “and some changes were made”.

Travel Cayman implemented additional protocols which, the minister said, aimed to reduce the number of breaches, and government is considering reintroducing the GPS tracking requirement.

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People in five-day quarantine are now being issued with wristbands, instead of white GPS monitoring bracelets.

However, Governor Martyn Roper said he had gathered, following conversations with Police Commissioner Derek Byrne, that the increase in reports of breaches was not linked to the removal of electronic monitoring for travellers availing of the five-day quarantine period.

He said that in many instances it appeared “we seem to have had people visiting, delivering things, and people trying to go visit people in quarantine,” rather than cases of people leaving quarantine.

He said police were conducting inquiries into 20 of the cases, as the other cases turned out to be instances that did not require further investigation.

Of those 20 cases, eight occurred since 9 Aug., he said.

The governor added that two cases were referred this week to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Anyone convicted of breaching quarantine regulations is liable to a fine of $10,000 and two years in prison.

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  1. If any of these are confirmed breaches, they MUST be prosecuted to the full, because clearly some people don’t respect rules/laws and they think they know better. If people think they will get away with breaches further breaches will escalate. The flood gates are opening, and a weak quarantine system will be what pushed them open.
    How many people will have dedicated roles as contact tracers? Will we be using an app? What’s the plan?