“In light of recent developments and as COVID-19 continues to impact our community, CIBC FirstCaribbean Bank Limited remains committed to your banking needs while taking precautionary measures to minimize the spread of the virus and protecting customers and staff. In view of this, CIBC FirstCaribbean has decided to require all clients visiting banking branches to wear a mask and adhere to social distancing protocols, effective Monday 13th September 2021, until further notice.”
(CMR) Mask mandates, sanitizing, and social distancing requirements have returned after the government confirmed three new cases of community transmission last week. Since then a number of utility companies, grocery stores, banks, and other private organizations have implemented a mask mandate for anyone entering their businesses.
Water Authority issued their notice on Sunday afternoon that they would be joining the ranks of Health Services Authority, Miracle Brokers, Cayman National Bank, Butterfield Bank, Fidelity Bank, FCIB et al. At this time Kirk Market has made it optional. Where possible businesses are encouraging their customers to avoid their physical locations and conduct transactions online.
According to a recent study, data shows that mask mandate is consistently associated with lower infection rates in the short term and its early adoption boosts the long-term efficacy.
The government has not yet issued a mask mandate for the entire country but many countries around the world continue to require masks with some like Chile, Morocco, South Africa and Kuwait threatening people with jail sentences if they do not company. Qatar has a sentence of up to three years and fines upwards of $55,000.
Dubai has deployed drones with facial recognition software to catch culprits.
Elsewhere in the world mask mandates have been legally tested with Florida Governor DeSantis having his ban on mask mandates overturned by one court only to be reinstated by an appeals court on Friday. In July, DeSantis signed an executive order barring public schools from requiring face masks. Last month Leon County Circuit Judge John Cooper said the governor's order was unconstitutional and allowed.
“When a public officer or agency seeks appellate review, which is the case here, there is a presumption under the rule in favor of a stay, and the stay should be vacated only for the most compelling of reasons,”
read the order from the First District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee.
The CDC started urging Americans to wear masks again in July after an uptick in infections.
Seven states including Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington – require most people to her mask in indoor public places whether not they have been vaccinated against COVID-19. Puerto Rico and the District of Colombia also have similar provisions.
Oregon also requires masks in public settings outdoors. California, Connecticut and New York have indoor mask mandates that extend only to the unvaccinated.
In mid-July, the UK government lifted the legal requirement to wear face coverings in most indoor settings including shops, trains, buses and subways.