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Local News 21 Jan, 2021 Follow News


The number of people who can now gather for outdoor gatherings has been doubled, in a significant relaxation of some of the COVID-19 restrictions.

A government announcement Thursday said up to 1,000 people can now gather for outdoor events, up from 500.

However, there's no change to the limit on indoor gatherings which remains limited to 500 people.

Venues hosting simultaneous, separate, and unrelated indoor and outdoor gatherings, can now cater to a maximum of 1,500 people.

That is broken as 1,000 maximum outdoors and 500 indoors for the event being held in those respective areas.

The new changes also extend to April 15th the current boating regulations as well as around-island and inter-island travel by boat and air. These were set to expire on 31 January.

Additionally, processions and parades involving a uniformed service or a youth organisation are now  permitted.

Under the new regulations, a uniformed service is defined as a naval force, including Coast Guard, a regiment, police force, fire service and prison service.

Youth organisations listed are; Cayman Islands Scout Association, Girls’ Brigade Cayman Islands, Cayman Islands Cadet Corps, Girlguiding Cayman Islands, and Cayman Islands Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Pathfinders.

The government advisory points out that other protocols that remain unchanged from the previous regulations continue to be in force and need to be followed to ensure that COVID-19 is well managed in the Cayman Islands.

These include a ban on visiting or having contact with anyone in quarantine and mandatory testing before visiting a residential care home or prison.

Businesses are still prohibited from allowing hookahs, shishas or water pipes, and the restrictions on rental of certain scuba and snorkelling equipment remain in place.

Persons using public transportation are reminded that masks are mandatory and operators of public transportation vehicles are especially cautioned that all passengers travelling in a taxi or omnibus - including drivers - must wear masks.

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