(CMR) Deputy Governor Franz Manderson has issued a stern warning for anyone contemplating breaching mandatory quarantine after seven suspected quarantine breaches emerged over the weekend. Manderson has reassured the public that all reports will be thoroughly investigated and taken seriously. At least two are set to appear in court next week.
Travel Cayman has confirmed that is it working with the Public Health Department and the Royal Cayman Islands Police to respond to and safely conclude its response to several suspected quarantine breaches that took place on Saturday (11 September 2021) and Sunday (12 September).
Following four suspected breaches yesterday and three today, Travel Cayman continues to remind individuals quarantining at residence that only persons making contactless deliveries should visit their properties.
The penalties for anyone who fails to follow this rule, are up to two years in jail and a maximum KYD10,000 fine, upon conviction.
Emphasizing that these requirements carry the weight of law and will be strictly enforced, Deputy Governor Franz Manderson comments: “I wish to assure the public that every report of a suspected breach is investigated by Travel Cayman, Public Heath and the RCIPS. It is clear that despite numerous warnings a small percentage of travelers and members of the public are not taking the laws and regulations governing quarantine at residence seriously.”
Travel Cayman Director Casandra Morris states “Travel Cayman continues to strengthen its policies including reorganizing key resources to mitigate the potential for future incidents. We continue to fight against the spread of COVID-19, and to encourage persons in quarantine, as well as the public to adhere to our protocols and guidelines. We need everyone to do their part to keep our families, community, and the country safe”.
Morris thanks those members of the public who have reported breaches to date, and notes the important role they have played in keeping the Cayman Islands community safe. Persons who suspect that an individual has breached quarantine may make an anonymous report to 943-SAFE (7233).
Public Health has conducted investigations of this weekend’s suspected breaches and can confirm that, at this point, there is no cause for a public health concern.