(CMR) Political canvassers are among individuals who have been warned not to visit households undertaking COVID-19 quarantine or risk being prosecuted.
Supervisor of Elections Wesley Howell said it is expected that more people will be canvassing houses to speak to electorates leading up to the next General Election in May.
“As with many things in recent times, canvassers must exercise additional caution and consideration this year to protect everyone from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Howell.
Individuals who are quarantining at their chosen residence should advise anyone who approaches the household that they are observing quarantine protocols and refuse entry.
“The systems we have in place to protect those who quarantine at residence have so far been working well in keeping the general population safe. However, it’s important that we all don’t lose sight of the potential risk that still exists and we continue to each do our part in helping to keep the community safe from COVID-19 says the Director of Travel Cayman, Dr Tasha Ebanks-Garcia.
Dr. Ebanks-Garcia advised anyone attempting to approach a household to take extra care.
“It may not be obvious from the outside that a household is in quarantine. There are simple, practical steps which we can take to keep everyone safe such as asking if anyone is in quarantine before making face-to-face contact or entering a home and respecting their response. A face mask may be worn, particularly when visiting the elderly, and frequent hand washing is strongly advised,” Ebanks-Garcia said.
Anyone found to be in breach of the mandatory quarantine provisions will be warned for intended prosecution and is liable on conviction to a fine of up to ten thousand dollars and imprisonment for up to two years.
Other unauthorized individuals who should not visit people in quarantine include friends and family, and delivery personnel.