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Published 31st March 2020, 2:49pm

In addition to nearly CI$3 million already approved by Cabinet to assist the most vulnerable, elderly and disabled Caymanians, Government continues to provide for residents negatively affected by COVID-19.

Emergency supplementary funding, recently approved by Cabinet, will provide temporary food assistance to non-Caymanians who qualify and are unable to leave the Cayman Islands or who find themselves out of work due to the impact of COVID-19.

Work permit holders who urgently require food supplies and who have insufficient income or savings to sustain themselves may now be eligible for a $150 food voucher effective Wednesday, 1 April, 2020.

Those who qualify can apply by downloading the Non-Caymanian COVID-19 Support application form. Alternatively, forms can be collected from various supermarkets and gas stations in Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac. Completed forms should be emailed to CIGCOVIDSupport@gov.ky or left in the drop box outside the Customs and Border Control Offices (formerly the CI Immigration Headquarters) on Elgin Avenue.

Issued by the Ministry of Community Affairs, the voucher will provide interim support over a two-week period to those who qualify until the airport reopens and/or they can resume their jobs.

In addition, the Ministry is strongly encouraging everyone in the community to continue to support one another, Caymanian and non-Caymanian alike.

Employers should continue assisting employees and similarly, residential landlords are asked to be flexible with their tenants, including using security deposits in lieu of rent if necessary.

For further information and guidance, please call 244-8000 between 10am and 4pm (Mondays to Fridays).