(CMR) All restrictions for persons traveling to and within the Cayman Islands have been removed. As of 24 August, travelers will no longer need to apply for a travel declaration or show proof of vaccination upon arrival in the Cayman Islands.
Unvaccinated visitors will no longer need to quarantine.
“I want to reassure you that we are continuing to monitor the data and to monitor the global trends,” Premier Hon. Wayne Panton assured concerned citizens.
He said if there are any significant changes to require adjustments in the future, the Government will respond accordingly.
The Premier urged persons to get vaccinated. Those who are vaccinated are also encouraged to get their boosters.
People who have tested positive are still encouraged to isolate themselves. Residents are also encouraged to take COVID-19 tests before visiting elderly relatives.
Minister of Tourism Kenneth Bryan said these changes are welcomed by the tourism industry. He said it will improve Cayman's competitiveness and makes Cayman more favorable to visitors. He pointed out that visitor arrivals increase each time the COVID-19 restrictions have been relaxed.
Based on these changes, Travel Cayman will be disbanded. They currently have 87 staff to be placed on secondment with other Government agencies. Others who have yet to be placed will hopefully be placed before contracts expire on 30 September 2022. Provisions will be in place to assist these persons, the Government said.
There are also several changes being made to local public health regulations. Mask wearing is still required for medical places, care homes and prisons.
There are no restrictions on public gathering numbers. Restrictions on diving, snorkeling, boating, and other water-related activities have been lifted.
Persons who test positive need to report to HSA and remain home for at least 7 days until they test negative. This isolation period of 7 days is mandatory for COVID positives.
PCR testing is required for persons who test positive. Drive-through testing at HSA is available on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8 am to 10 am. These results will also assist with recording the types of COVID-19 variants.
Persons living with COVID-19 positive persons should test daily for 7 days but are free to leave the house for school, work, etc., with negative LFT results. However, they must remain at home if they have symptoms.