(CMR) Another round of stipend will be paid to musicians who have been affected by the downturn in the tourism and entertainment industry due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dwayne Seymour, the Minister of Health, said.
“This additional one-time stipend of $1000 will be paid by April 2. Persons who applied previously and received a stipend do not need to reapply,” Seymour said during a press briefing on Wednesday.
He said a team from the Ministry would be contacting previous applicants to reconfirm their information.
Persons who did not apply previously and would like to seek assistance are asked to contact Natasha Powell at [email protected] or by telephone at 345-244-2369 to obtain and submit applications.
The deadline for new applications is March 19.
Last year, there was some controversy about the application process. Not all musicians were included, and some argued that it disenfranchised non-Caymanians.
The health minister also announced that people could still apply for assistance in the second round of the health insurance premium assistance program through the Ministry in partnership with the Health Insurance Commission.
He said 220 applications had been vetted since March 1, and assistance has so far been provided to 984 persons.
Unemployed persons who worked in the tourism and hospitality industry are encouraged to apply for assistance through the program, which runs from March to June 2021.
Persons who missed the initial application deadline have until March 19 to apply to start receiving assistance in April.
Applications should be submitted through the Health Insurance Commission, which can be contacted by email [email protected] or by phone at 946-2084.