(CMR) There will be no complete lockdown of the Cayman Islands, Police Commissioner Derek Bryne said on Friday (April 17) as he sought to dispel rumours in circulation.
Bryne said that he had been notified that there is a message in circulation on social media platforms that the police service has been notified of an early lockdown of all services, he slammed the message as being fake news.
“Social media messaging going around, some piece of fake news, that the police service have notified of an early lockdown of all services – this is not correct, it is not true,” said Bryne.
“No conversation has taken place with his Excellency, the Governor, or the Premier, so has no application whatsoever to the Cayman Islands, there is no intention, in the short term, of a full lockdown,” added Bryne.
Bryne also used the daily press briefing to provide an overnight crime report update.
“Quiet overnight, no significant issues of a policing nature to report; crime still remains stable and the hard curfew continues to operate well,” said Bryne
Bryne said that on Cayman Brac, 19 vehicles were stopped by police and no breaches were detected; while on Grand Cayman overnight, 231 vehicles were stopped, no breaches detected.
“ Two pedestrians were found out and about, in breach of hard curfew, both were warned for prosecution; one of those same persons was found two hours later, again in breach of hard curfew,” Bryne said noting that the repeat offender was arrested.
Since 6:00 a.m. on Friday, the Police Commissioners revealed that 10 persons were found in breach of shelter in place regulation.
“Four persons were found in breach of hard curfew, six persons in breach of soft curfew, three persons were found on the beach in breach of hard curfew and one person was found operating a commercial landscape business,” said Bryne, who noted that four persons were warned for prosecution
Bryne used the occasion to share that he had received a number of reports that there is a large number of persons “out and about” exercising along the boardwalk on South Sound, morning and evening
“It is reported that persons are congregating in groups of more than two, stopping, speaking to each other casually; social distancing protocols are not being observed,” said Bryne.
Bryne noted that a police team has been deployed to monitor the area.