Travel Cayman is working with the Public Health Department and the Royal Cayman Islands Police to respond to and safely conclude its response to several suspected quarantine breaches that took place on Saturday (11 September 2021) and Sunday (12 September).
Following four suspected breaches yesterday and three today, Travel Cayman continues to remind individuals quarantining at residence that only persons making contactless deliveries should visit their properties.
The penalties for anyone who fail to follow this rule, are up to two years in jail and a maximum KYD10,000 fine, upon conviction.
Emphasising that these requirements carry the weight of law and will be strictly enforced, Deputy Governor Franz Manderson comments: “I wish to assure the public that every report of a suspected breach is investigated by Travel Cayman, Public Heath and the RCIPS. It is clear that despite numerous warnings a small percentage of travellers and members of the public are not taking the laws and regulations governing quarantine at residence seriously.”
“I am aware that two cases concerning a breach of quarantine at residence will be in court next week. It may be that further cases involving quarantine breaches may come before the court in short order. It would be unfortunate if criminal prosecution is required for travelers and the wider public to take these matters seriously and abide by the quarantine restrictions in place”, the Deputy Governor adds.
Travel Cayman Director Casandra Morris states “Travel Cayman continues to strengthen its policies including reorganising key resources to mitigate the potential for future incidents. We continue to fight against the spread of COVID-19, and to encourage persons in quarantine, as well as the public to adhere to our protocols and guidelines. We need everyone to do their part to keep our families, community, and the country safe”.
Ms Morris thanks those members of the public who have reported breaches to date, and notes the important role they have played in keeping the Cayman Islands community safe.
Persons who suspect that an individual has breached quarantine may make an anonymous report to 943-SAFE (7233) or file an online report at www.exploregov.ky/travel.
“We ask that the public refrain from sharing reports that are not factual as it hinders the work of Public Health, Travel Cayman and the RCIPS”, Ms Morris concludes.
Public Health has conducted investigations of this weekend’s suspected breaches and can confirm that, at this point, there is no cause for a public health concern.