As you may have heard, there are long awaited and exciting changes to our COVID-19 regulations and Public Health protocols coming this Thursday 30th of June.
The Ministry of Health and Wellness shares in your excitement as we move even closer to normalcy. We can all agree that arriving to this point did not come easily, and I am truly grateful that the people of the Cayman Islands have remained compliant and patient every step of the way.
Firstly, mask wearing will be discretionary, which means you can choose to wear a mask for your own safety and comfort inside a public place. Certain places, such as prisons and healthcare facilities, may still require persons to wear a mask so keep one with you at all times, just in case.
Another exciting change is the repeal of pre-arrival testing for all persons coming to the Cayman Islands. Travelling already requires many details and removing the pre-arrival testing requirement is truly a step towards normality.
Unvaccinated Caymanians and legal residents will be able to return home without quarantine, but are strongly encouraged to complete lateral flow tests daily for their first seven days back at home.
Our unvaccinated visitors – that is persons with close ties to the Islands – will still be required to quarantine for seven days but will not have to test at the end of the quarantine period.
Persons who receive a positive lateral flow test result should first report it to Public Health on exploregov.ky. Then, you should get a PCR test to confirm your result and isolate at home. Treat your symptoms at home, and, at the end of your isolation, you will no longer have to do an exit test.
We are happy for relaxed restrictions but we also understand that it does not call for less responsibility. Seek vaccination, for any dose that you may be eligible, to protect yourself and vulnerable loved ones. Practice proper hand hygiene, and choose to enhance your immunity through nutrition and exercise.
Our Public Health team will continue surveillance and we will actively monitor the spread of COVID-19 and amend restrictions according to the needs of the community.
I would like to thank you for your cooperation up until this point and for trusting your elected leaders and medical experts to make the best decisions for the people of these blessed Islands.
Stay connected to government social media channels, Radio Cayman and C I G T V for the latest news on COVID-19 and other Public Health alerts.
Hon. Sabrina Turner
Minister for Health and Wellness
View video version here: https://youtu.be/aH-u2MWjyRM
Interested persons can read the newly published regulations on the Cayman Islands Gazette website:
Control of Covid-19 (Travel) (No. 3) Regulations, 2022 (LG23, S1)
Control and Management of Covid-19 (No. 3) (Amendment) Regulations, 2022 (LG23, S2)