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Published 17th June 2020, 3:57pm

Due to the efforts of each and every person living in the Islands, we are pleased to announce that, effective 21st June, 2020, we are now entering Level 2 Suppression. 

In practical terms, this means that as of 21st June, 2020, there will be further softening of the restrictions – some starting on 21st June, 2020, some starting on 5th July, 2020, and others starting on 19th July, 2020. 

These changes are as follows — 

CHANGES TO TAKE EFFECT ON 21st JUNE, 2020 

(a) At 4:30 am on Sunday 21st June, 2020, the hard curfew comes to an end. 

(b) From Sunday 21st June, 2020, persons will no longer be subject to the shelter in place requirements or to restrictions on travelling to certain places on certain days based on their surnames. Persons will however still be required to maintain social distancing requirements and to wear a mask while indoors public places.  

(c) There will no longer be a prohibition for persons visiting each other’s homes. This also means that domestic helpers and caregivers will be allowed to return to work in people’s homes. 

(d) The definition of “public meeting” will change in Grand Cayman and gatherings of up to twenty-five persons will be permitted.  In Cayman Brac there has been no change and twenty-five persons or less will continue to be able to gather. The social distance requirements will continue to apply. This does not relate to Little Cayman which has no such restrictions. However, social distance requirements and the wearing of masks indoors public places continues to apply to Little Cayman. 

(e) All establishments, institutions, businesses, churches, cinemas, theatres, beauty salons, barbers, spa/masseuse services, medical, dental offices (subject to approval from the Cayman Islands Medical Council), organisations and offices will be able to fully operate and must all observe the social distance requirements and enforce the wearing of masks by customers. However even though offices can be opened, it is still advisable to have as many people who can continue to work from home. 

(f) Restaurants and bars in Grand Cayman continue to be able to serve customers on any patio or other outdoor area which forms a part of the premises of the bar or restaurant. 

 However, the following conditions will apply from 21st June, 2020 — 

(i) each table must be at least eight feet apart; 

(ii) persons at a table must be seated at least six feet apart; 

(iii) no person shall be seated or served at an indoor counter in a bar or restaurant; 

(iv) servers and front of house staff shall wear masks or cloth face coverings while serving customers; and 

(v) a restaurant or bar will be permitted to operate within the hours of operation permitted by the Liquor Licensing Law (2019 Revision), the Sunday Trading Law (2014 Revision) and the Trade and Business Licensing Law (2019 Revision). 

(vi) Karaoke and dancing will not be allowed until after the 19th July 

(g) In Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac, persons will now be able to host or attend a wedding with no more than twenty-five persons other than the bride, bridegroom, official witnesses and the marriage officer.  

(h) In Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac, persons will now be able to host or attend a funeral where there are no more than twenty-five persons in attendance other than the six pallbearers, at least one officiant and essential mortuary staff.  

(i) Persons will be now be allowed to exercise at any time but shall be subject to the public meeting and social distance requirements.  

(j) Restrictions on activities conducted at beaches fall away from 21st June. Persons at beaches will however still be subject to social distancing requirements and gatherings of no more than 25 persons. 

(k) From 21st June strata and public pools can be accessed by persons from different households, subject to gatherings not exceeding 25 persons as well as persons observing social distancing requirements with persons from outside their households. 

(l) As it relates to scuba diving and snorkeling, persons are asked to note that they not allowed to rent any scuba or snorkelling equipment, with the exception of dive tanks or buoyancy control equipment, to any customer for any scuba diving activity including for any training in scuba diving or snorkeling. 

(m) Persons in Grand Cayman will now be allowed to use a boat for any purpose once there are not more than ten persons on the boat.  

Persons in Grand Cayman are however still not allowed to travel for pleasure by boat to visit Cayman Brac or Little Cayman.  

Persons are reminded that they are still not allowed to operate or manoeuvre a boat so as to congregate or gather with any other person on any other boat or vessel where the number of persons gathering exceeds a certain number of persons. That number was previously six and from 21st June it will be ten persons.  

Additionally, persons will still not be allowed to congregate or conduct any boating activity in the waters in the areas specified in Starfish Point, Rum Point, the Sandbar and Stingray City until the date specified later. 

(j) Persons in Cayman Brac will now be allowed to use a boat subject to there not being more than ten persons on each boat.  Persons in Cayman Brac or Little Cayman are however still not allowed to travel by boat for pleasure to visit Grand Cayman.  

(k) With regard to inter-island travel, persons in Grand Cayman are not permitted to travel by boat to Cayman Brac or Little Cayman, except for the transport of freight to Cayman Brac or Little Cayman. 

(l) A person who wishes to travel from Grand Cayman to Cayman Brac or Little Cayman by air shall prior to travelling — 

• notify the Medical Officer of Health of the proposed travel;  

• remain at a place of isolation as specified by the Medical Officer of Health for a period of not less than fourteen days; and 

• be tested for the virus. 

We wish to reiterate that persons will only be permitted to travel after receiving a test result which has been declared to be negative by the Medical Officer of Health. 

CHANGES TO TAKE EFFECT ON 5th JULY, 2020 

(a) From Sunday 5th July, 2020, educational institutions and facilities, including summer camps and vacation bible schools, may commence full operations, including social and sporting activities.   It should be noted however that sporting activities at an educational institution or facility are subject to the requirement that persons shall not engage in contact sports before 19th July, 2020.  

(b) From Sunday 5th July, 2020, in Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac, restaurants and bars will be able to offer both indoor and outdoor services.  

However, the following conditions will apply — 

(i) each table must be at least six feet apart;  

(ii) there are no limitations on how many persons can sit at a table however they must be seated at least three feet apart; 

(iii) servers and front of house staff shall wear masks or cloth face coverings while serving customers; and 

(iv) a restaurant or bar will be permitted to operate within the hours of operation permitted by the Liquor Licensing Law (2019 Revision), the Sunday Trading Law (2014 Revision) and the Trade and Business Licensing Law (2019 Revision). 

(c) In Grand Cayman, persons will be able to exercise in a strata gym and public gym from 5th July, 2020.  (d) From 5th July, a person who wishes to travel from Grand Cayman to Cayman Brac or Little Cayman shall prior to travelling — 

• notify the Medical Officer of Health of the proposed travel; and 

• be tested for the virus. 

Again, persons are reminded that they will only be permitted to travel after receiving a test result which has been declared to be negative by the Medical Officer of Health.

CHANGES TO TAKE EFFECT ON 19th JULY, 2020 

(a) Managers or operators of a restaurant or bar may permit customers to engage in dancing or karaoke at a restaurant or bar.  

(b) Nightclubs may resume operations. 

(c) Persons may engage in contact sports. 

(d) In Grand Cayman, there will no longer be a prohibition on more than ten persons congregating or gathering with other persons on other boats. 

(e) In Grand Cayman, there will no longer be a prohibition on congregating or having boats remain Starfish Point, Rum Point, the Sandbar and Stingray City. ___________________________________________________________

The Regulations will last until 2nd August, 2020 or until such later date as the Cabinet may specify.