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Tourism businesses: ‘We are casualties, not villains’

Tourism business owners are contemplating whether to shut their doors in the face of continued uncertainty over the future of the industry.

Editorial: It’s time to take the reopening leap

Cayman has done an exemplary job at every stage of this pandemic, but the days of prevention are now gone. COVID-19 is in our community, even with the borders closed. Handling the reopening is the final hurdle. We must have the courage to take that leap.

Opposition continues calls for cooperation despite chilly response

Opposition legislators have renewed their offer of assistance to Premier Wayne Panton and his administration as Cayman navigates the reemergence of COVID-19.

Poll: Do you agree with the halted border reopening?

Do you support government's decision to delay the reopening of the border?
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Cayman’s tourism leaders condemn delay in reopening

Tourism business leaders have condemned government’s decision to delay the reopening of the border, claiming it is not based on scientific evidence and threatens the livelihoods of thousands of Caymanians.

Border reopening on hold as local COVID cases rise

Cayman is putting its border reopening plan on hold, as health officials announce that a total of eight people have contracted COVID-19 through community transmission.

Opposition makes U-turn on reopening, hits out at PACT plan

Opposition Leader Roy McTaggart has reversed his opinion on reopening Cayman’s borders, claiming conditions had changed.

Premier addresses Speaker’s border-reopening disapproval

Premier Wayne Panton said Speaker of the Parliament McKeeva Bush’s public disapproval of the PACT government’s plan to reopen Cayman’s borders is a personal view.

Panton: 80% no longer hard target

Premier Wayne Panton has announced that his government will go ahead with phase 3 of the border-reopening plan on 9 Sept., but said that phase 4, when quarantine for securely verified vaccinated people is set to be scrapped, will be re-evaluated nearer the 14 Oct. date.

Bryan: Tourism revenue loss not sustainable long-term

In a radio interview on Friday, 3 Sept., Tourism Minister Kenneth Bryan addressed fears that a border reopening may represent too big a public health risk.

Bryan: 5 airlines confirm readiness to return to Cayman

American, United, Southwest and Delta airlines, as well as British Airways which already operates repatriation flights, have applied to fly commercial routes to and from the Cayman Islands from October, according to Tourism Minister Kenneth Bryan.

Bryan says stipend ‘scare tactic’ was poor choice of words

Tourism Minister Kenneth Bryan said using the phrase "scare tactic" in a Radio Cayman interview to describe the government's announcement and subsequent reversal of a decision to halve the monthly $1,500 stipend for displaced tourism workers was a "poor choice of words".

Tourism minister: Stipend reduction plan was ‘scare tactic’

Tourism Minister Kenneth Bryan has admitted that an earlier announcement about plans to halve the monthly $1,500 tourism stipend in November and December had been a "scare tactic" to try to get displaced tourism workers to start looking for jobs.

Gov’t moves 80% vaccination rate target date to 14 Oct.

The Cayman Islands government has revised the date for when it hopes the islands will reach the 80% vaccination rate, from 9 Sept. to 14 Oct.

Blue wristbands for securely vaccinated arrivals

Incoming travellers heading into five days of quarantine upon arrival in Cayman are no longer being issued with white GPS monitoring wristbands, but now they are being fitted with blue bracelets to make them identifiable as quarantining individuals.

Phase 2 of Cayman’s reopening under way

Phase 2 of the Cayman Islands' border-reopening plan went into action Monday, 9 Aug., with certain vaccinated arrivals allowed to quarantine without GPS monitoring, and weekly PCR tests for unvaccinated frontline workers.

Full vaccination numbers nudge up to 68%

The percentage of people in Cayman who have been fully vaccinated has now reached 68%, with 48,064 people having received their second shot of the two-dose course.

Tourism minister: BA to resume ‘regular schedule’ from September

Minister of Tourism Minister Kenneth Bryan said, from 9 Sept., when Cayman has a soft reopening of its borders for commercial flights, British Airways plans to resume its "regular flight schedule" between London and Grand Cayman.

Cayman expands list of countries with verifiable vaccinations

People who have been vaccinated in Europe and at Walmart or CVS outlets in the United States are among those who now can avail of the Cayman Islands' five-day quarantine option, as the islands expand the list of countries from which to accept securely verifiable vaccination records.

Slowing vaccination pace jeopardises Cayman’s reopening timeline

The pace of vaccinations in the Cayman Islands has slowed down considerably, since a new batch of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine arrived on island on 16 June.

Tourism association responds to Cayman reopening plan

The Cayman Islands Tourism Association, while welcoming the government's announcement of a border reopening plan, has raised concerns with a number of elements involved, including the timeline and a lack of consultation with the private sector.

No date set for mandatory vaccinations for work permits

Premier Wayne Panton has confirmed that mandatory vaccinations would be introduced for expatriates renewing their new work permits and for those getting new ones, although no date has been fixed for when this will begin. 

Lack of US-wide vaccination certificates a barrier for travel

Premier Wayne Panton says the US federal government's unwillingness to create a country-wide verifiable COVID vaccination system is continuing to be a barrier to allowing people vaccinated there to avail of Cayman's five-day quarantine period.
The premier said Cayman can reopen its borders once 70-80% of the entire population had been vaccinated.

Analysis: Almost everyone eligible must be vaccinated to reach 80% reopening target

Cayman’s vaccination target appears to be very high, considering that children under the age of 12 cannot be inoculated.

Cayman Islands government border reopening plan

The Cayman Islands government has recently its phased approach to reopening its country borders.

Panton announces phased border reopening plan

Premier Wayne Panton has unveiled a five phase reopening plan for Cayman’s borders that could see a limited return of tourism by September and a full easing of restrictions for vaccinated travelers and their children by mid-November.

Property owner gives up on returning to Cayman

When I first saw the government’s planned press conference a few weeks ago, I was eager for good news. What I got was politics...

Lack of clear plan to reopen frustrating

Why are rules inconsistent and arbitrary when it comes to COVID-19 vaccines and quarantine? In April, government reduced quarantine for ALL individuals that are...

Reopening the Caribbean

As Cayman is waiting a few more weeks for the release of its border reopening plan, other travel-dependent islands are moving at different speeds to restart their tourism industries.

US readers push for border reopening

It’s time to open the borders so Caymanians can return to their normal life. Why the government continues to punish them is unreasonable and...

Cayman had just 5,000 visitors in the year since COVID struck

Cayman had a total of 5,566 stay-over visitors in the year since the pandemic began - about half of what the island would see in a single week during normal times.

Opposition calls for PACT border-reopening plan, knocks ‘silence’

Opposition Leader Roy McTaggart has taken aim at the Premier Wayne Panton-led PACT government over its delay in announcing a formal reopening plan, saying a target date is needed now.

Cayman’s restaurants struggling for survival

This week, the Cayman Compass met with a group of 20 restaurant owners and managers, all of whom had the same concern – with no clear path to reopening the borders, they don’t know how long they’ll be able to keep their doors open or their staff employed.

Allow vaccinated people to visit Cayman

I miss you so much, Cayman. I miss your people and your sunshine and your reefs. I was not fortunate enough to have been...

Ritz-Carlton recruiting Caymanian workers, but no start dates

The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman is in the middle of a recruitment drive, but with no timeline for the reopening of the borders, the successful jobseekers won't be hearing immediately when they can start.

Gov’t considers 5-day quarantine, mandatory vaccines for work-permit holders

The Cayman Islands government is considering reducing the quarantine period for vaccinated travellers from 10 days to five days, and making it mandatory for work permit holders to be inoculated against COVID-19.

CITA: Recruit staff now to prepare for border reopening

The local tourism industry should be recruiting staff now to prepare for the possible reopening of the borders later this year, the Cayman Islands Tourism Association advised its members this week.

American Airlines poised for Cayman return, expects Caribbean tourism boom

American Airlines is scheduling more flights to the Caribbean this summer than it did during a record-breaking 2019, and is poised to return to Cayman as soon as feasible once the borders reopen.

Government/tourism sector meetings continue

Members of the private-sector tourism industry are continuing to meet with government officials to address how Cayman's borders can safely reopen.

Premier: Vaccination rate could mean April/May border reopening

Premier Alden McLaughlin says if Cayman's COVID-19 vaccination rate continues at its current pace, the islands' borders could reopen by late April or early May.

Premier: No timeline for reopening

Cayman's March border reopening appears to be off the table, according to Premier Alden McLaughlin, who said government has no timeline when it comes to unlocking Cayman’s borders.

Bermuda facing second wave of COVID-19

Bermuda is experiencing a second wave of the coronavirus, with indoor bars and schools forced to shut their doors amid a fresh outbreak of the virus.

Kirkconnell: COVID vaccine could drive early-2021 border reopening

Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell has told representatives of the tourism industry that Cayman could have access to COVID-19 vaccines in December, which may enable the islands to reopen borders early next year.

Five international inbound flights touch down

Cayman commenced its soft border reopening on 1 Oct. with five international inbound flights, three of which were private planes.

Poll: Should Cayman proceed with the October border reopening?

The phased reopening of Cayman's borders is set to proceed on 1 October, as countries around the world are seeing a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases.

Home isolating passengers under 24/7 surveillance

Participants in Cayman's test run of its electronic monitoring and geofencing technology are being subjected to 24/7 monitoring and regular random check-ins, officials have confirmed.

New regs make home-isolation breaches criminal offence

As government's pilot phase of testing its electronic monitoring of home-isolating passengers began Thursday, new regulations with criminal offences for breaches of the terms of quarantine have kicked in.

2 new COVID cases, 14-day isolation still required for new arrivals

Cayman has two new positive cases of the coronavirus, Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee said Wednesday afternoon.

Government releases more details on ‘BioButton’

The Cayman Islands government said Thursday it is working with a US biotech company called BioIntelliSense to use its health monitoring 'BioButton' device as part of Cayman's phased border reopening plan.

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