(CMR) The Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman has issued a podcast statement yesterday afternoon whereby it states that the chances of them re-opening by the summer is unlikely due to the continued spread of the COVID-19 disease which has now reached over 1 million cases worldwide.
The GM shared that:
“Based on the dramatic situation and evolution in the rest of the world and especially in the US it is also becoming evident that the airport re-opening is going to be pushed back for several months, potentially to the end of the year. With that in mind we now face a new reality.”
The Dart organization, which owns the Ritz and several other hotel properties on the island, has offered support until the end of May. However, resignation packages are being also offered to persons wishing to leave on the upcoming air bridge British Airways flight on Tuesday. The Ritz-Carlton is also encouraging people to return to other destinations such as Jamaica and Cuba.
The Canadian government is attempting to prepare a flight for their citizens to be able to leave Cayman as well.
The statement asks that they are asking for government's support in offering transit visas for persons who may not have a visa for other countries so that staff can be evacuated in the coming weeks and months. Employees are encouraged to speak to their managers who will be compiling possible travel lists.