(CMR) After significant public outcry, a Canadian couple has been banned from re-entering the Cayman Islands during the remainder of the COVID-19 Travel Time have shared.
The government, the couple and the judiciary have come under immense scrutiny for how this entire ordeal unfolded after it was revealed the couple was only fined $1,000 by Magistrate Foldats Monday in Summary Court.
The couple departed Cayman on Tuesday on a flight to Miami, Florida. It was revealed that they were here selling a condo at the resort.
Travel Time's response to the situation was also criticized when it was revealed that they allowed the couple to return to Regal Beach after they had already breached their quarantine on over 15 occasions at that facility. They have now explained that was to allow them to pack.
Critics accused Travel Time of not having the testicular fortitude to handle rogue visitors hell-bent on not adhering to the provisions in place.
Today, Travel Time has responded and indicated the couple will not be permitted to travel while COVID mitigation measures are in place, They also shared that:
Public health officials also stressed the importance of travellers strictly adhering to quarantine protocols, noting that travellers who test negative on arrival could subsequently test positive on their day 15 PCR test, which is why the 14-day mandatory isolation period is in effect.
Following the quarantine breach, the Travel Cayman team convened a meeting to review and strengthen the current processes, and close any gaps in the system that could potentially be exploited. Travellers will now have to pass through an additional checkpoint at the airport to confirm that the bracelet has been fitted correctly, to mitigate against tampering.