Government today extended the current COVID-19 Regulations to 24 January as work continues to address concern around isolation and quarantine periods and their impact on children.
The Control and Management of Covid-19 Regulations, 2022 and Control of Covid-19 (Travel) Regulations, 2022 are consolidated versions of previous regulations with no substantive changes at this time.
Work is ongoing on an updated regulatory framework. Proposals considered for inclusion in the new regulations include:
1. Children aged 0 – 11 taking the vaccination status of their accompanying parent/guardian.
2. Children aged 5 – 11 following the same pre-arrival and post-arrival testing regime as adults.
3. Children aged 0 – 4 will not be tested prior to or following arrival.
4. Updates on testing and reporting procedures for travellers.
The planned changes will move the Cayman Islands into Phase 5 of the Reopening Plan, explains Premier, Hon. Wayne Panton.
Mr Panton adds: “We are well aware of the many and varied concerns expressed by the business sector and the community about the reopening process. Our goal is to address these concerns while ensuring that changes are implemented safely and that we are all prepared for any scenario that may arise. We ask the public’s patience while this work continues”.
The Premier notes that the extension will allow for Government to engage all stakeholders, and provide opportunities for feedback.
The Cayman Islands reopening to cruise tourism is not expected at this time and will continue to be evaluated.