BUSINESSES TO ENFORCE MASK-WEARING
Several amendments have been made to the existing COVID-19 regulations regarding mask-wearing in business places, handling items from persons in quarantine or isolation, and inter-island travel.
With the changes to the regulations, business establishments now have the authority to require that persons entering their premises to wear a mask. They have being given the power to prevent entry to customers or clients do not comply.
Mask-wearing has become a hotly-debated issue in some countries, including the UK. For England the British government has opted to leave the decision to the public saying whether or not to wear a mask is an issue of to “personal responsibility.”
In Scotland and Wales in the UK, and some other countries, mask-wearing in public offices and on public transportation is required by law.
The renewed global debate on mask-wearing comes as cases of COVID-19 driven by the Delta virus continue to spiral.
MANDATORY ISOLATION PENALTY FOR HANDLING ITEMS FROM PERSONS IN QUARANTINE
Meanwhile, another amendment to the Cayman Islands regulations for the ‘Prevention, Control and Suppression of Covid-19’ places restrictions on ‘the removal or passing of items from a person at a place of quarantine or in isolation to anyone from the outside’.
The new stipulation also ‘expressly provides for the mandatory isolation, if necessary in the opinion of the Medical Officer of Health, of any person from the outside who has handled an item from a known quarantine facility’.
An official statement explains that the new regulation provides an exception and a special defence for persons charged with with that offence in situations where the person charged can prove that they did not know that the item was from a place of quarantine or self-isolation, or had been handled by a person in a place of quarantine or self-isolation.
Exception is also made for items that have been removed or passed from the place of quarantine or self-isolation for public health reasons, with the approval of the Medical Officer of Health.
The other change to the regulations extends for another two months the current inter-island travel and boating regulations.
A few days ago the government published its schedule for gradually reopening the borders which would also impact the current COVID-19 suppression measure in place.