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Have a Healthy Easter

Residents set to enjoy traditional camping excursions over Easter should plan ahead of time to keep themselves and their environment safe and healthy.

The Department of Environmental Health (DEH) issues the following reminders:

FOOD SAFETY

  • Keep raw foods separate from cooked or ready-to-eat foods.

  • Wash hands between handling raw and cooked or ready to eat foods.

  • Protect food from contamination by keeping it covered until use.

  • Ensure meats, poultry, fish and shellfish are thoroughly cooked before eating.

  • Keep hot foods hot (above 63C/145F) and cold foods cold (below 5C/41F).

  • Use a sanitizer to thoroughly clean all work surfaces, knives, chopping boards and other food utensils.

  • Reheat food thoroughly.

  • Wash hands after bathroom visits.

GARBAGE DISPOSAL

Improper garbage disposal is liable to penalties under the Litter Law, including a fine of up to $500. Residents should, therefore, use DEH containers that have been provided at the following locations:

  • North Side - Kaibo Public Beach and beside the Jesus statue

  • West Bay - Barkers National Park at the T-junction

  • Seven-Mile Public Beach

  • George Town - Smith's Cove

  • East End - Collier's Beach

In locations where no containers have been provided, residents should bag their trash and dispose of it at home.

SANITATION

Human waste should be disposed of in a sanitary manner. Campers should rent a portable toilet or camp at locations with bathroom facilities. Improper disposal of human waste is an offence under the Public Health Law 2002 revision, part III, punishable by fines (up to $1000) and six months imprisonment.

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) also urges the public to be considerate in clearing up over the Easter weekend, especially after celebrations.

"The mess and subsequent neighbourhood decline caused by illegally dumping waste can, over time, lead to increased crime levels. In turn, this can lead to a reduction in life quality for those in the immediate vicinity."

For more information on food safety, garbage disposal and sanitation, contact the DEH at 949-6696.

For further information contact: Tania Johnson - DEH