(CMR) The government has confirmed that the changes made earlier this week to the Covid-19 restrictions do not impact their plans to re-open the borders at the end of March.
The re-open date has no bearing apparently on the new Prevention, Control and Suppression of Covid-19 Regulations which has the main objective of simply increasing public outdoor gatherings to 1,000 instead of 500 persons.
The Premier's year-end comments indicated the March re-opening date and the government remains committed to that plan despite new lockdown provisions around the world including the UK and USA now attempting to introduce quarantine measures for international travelers.
During his New Year message, Premier Alden McLaughlin shared that given the availability of the vaccine in January he was hopeful that Cayman could re-open in March. Many are skeptical of that overly optimistic message especially given delays with the second batch of vaccines which will arrive at the end of January.
The gazette indicates that the expiration date for the new regulation is April 15 but that does not impact the re-opening date the government has confirmed.
Many persons erroneously thought that the pandemic would be over and we would all be back to normal travel after the release of a Covid-19 vaccine. However, experts warn the world should not anticipate any quick fixes as this virus is here to stay and it could take years before life returns to some semblance of normalcy.