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Butterfield offers optional three-month loan deferral

Butterfield Bank will provide existing clients in good standing who have personal loans and mortgages with the option of deferring payments for another three months.

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Divers push for reopening of scuba industry

Dive operators and recreational divers have reacted with frustration over Premier Alden McLaughlin’s rationale behind why scuba diving is still banned while many other activities are allowed as COVID-19 restrictions continue to be lifted.

Tourism leaders plan for phased recovery of stricken industry

Tourism leaders are working on a new three-year plan for the revival of the industry in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.

Special Report: Hunger, humility and hope amid humanitarian crisis

Thousands of people are struggling to survive without income as the impact of the COVID-19 crisis takes its toll. The Cayman Compass went on the road with charity Acts of Random Kindness, one of the most prominent of several non-profits providing emergency food deliveries to those in need.

Government cautious over using public funds to support charities

Premier Alden McLaughlin said government would have to think very carefully about using public funds to support charities helping with food relief.

Work-from-home shift taxes internet infrastructure

As work patterns shift from office to home, Cayman’s telecommunications infrastructure is feeling the strain. Wireless internet and cellphone networks are suddenly dealing with traffic they were not built to handle, says Alee Fa’amoe, executive director for information and communications technology at OfReg.

Application deadlines near for help for expat workers

The Ministry of Community Affairs issued a statement Thursday saying that the deadline for unemployed work-permit holders to submit applications for food vouchers is Sunday, 31 May.

1 new positive case as next plans for reopening announced

Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee Friday reported one new case of COVID-19 in the Cayman Islands, which is believed to have been a community acquired case and was found through the country's screening programme. 

COVID safety messages appear on bus stops

New messages about staying safe during the COVID-19 pandemic have begun appearing on bus shelters throughout Grand Cayman.

Cyber criminals exploit COVID-19 crisis

Criminals are using the coronavirus crisis as bait to hook people into a variety of cyber-scams.

No new positive cases in latest COVID test samples

No new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the Cayman Islands on Thursday.

Giving comfort to COVID-19 warriors

Local boutique Vy's Closet is looking to help local nurses rest easier through a new initiative that honours their call to duty.

Breaking down sentencing for Cayman’s curfew violations

A look at how the courts deal with breaches of curfew.

Tourism accommodation tax waived until 30 Sept

Cabinet has approved that the Ministry and the Department of Tourism waive the 13% tourist accommodation tax from 1 April to 30 Sept. Surcharges for late payment of tourism taxes for the months of February and March 2020 will also be waived.

Finance minister spells out ‘stark reality’ of COVID economic impact

The Cayman Islands is facing a double digit drop in gross domestic product and a local unemployment rate of almost 20% as a result of the coronavirus crisis, Finance Minister Roy McTaggart said Wednesday.

Reopening of economy on course as most COVID cases asymptomatic

The rest of the construction and retail sector could open next week under certain conditions, Premier Alden McLaughlin said Wednesday.

3 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported

Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee has reported that three more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Cayman.

Customs and Border Control officer tests positive for COVID

A Customs and Border Control officer has tested positive for COVID-19, the department confirmed Tuesday.
A man enters Constitution Hall during the first day of curfew cases.

Curfew cases continue: ‘Ignorance no defence’

The second week of curfew-violation cases began Monday at Summary Court’s spillover location, Constitution Hall, in downtown George Town.

5 new positive results reported

Cayman's Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee reported five new positive cases of COVID-19 during Monday's government press conference. That brings Cayman's total to 134 positive cases overall, 72 of which are active.

Two A. L. Thompson’s employees test positive for COVID-19

Two staffers at A. L. Thompson’s have tested positive for COVID-19, the local hardware store said in a statement on Sunday.

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