In order to safeguard the Cayman Islands, its people and its industries, the Cayman Islands Government has recently announced a series of measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. From encouraging residents to wash their hands regularly, to closing international borders, these measures affect the daily life of every person within the Cayman Islands. In these extraordinary times the Government has exercised its authority in various ways. From senior officials using their position as leaders in the community to educate the public, to the Government’s ownership and control of key infrastructure, to utilising its legislative powers, the Government has used its wide influence to protect the public from COVID-19.
This article provides a brief update on the recent regulations made by the Cayman Islands Government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Control of COVID-19 Regulations, 2020 (“CoC Regulations”) include provisions regarding the refusal of entry to the Cayman Islands by tourist visitors from certain countries where there is known, or thought to be, sustained human-to-human transmission of COVID-19, or from which there is a high risk of importation of infection or contamination (with COVID-19) via travel from that country to the Cayman Islands.
In addition, the CoC Regulations include provisions regarding the quarantine of individuals who had travelled to such countries in certain circumstances.
This amendment to the CoC Regulations includes regulations imposing further restrictions on all persons arriving into the Cayman Islands to control the spread of COVID-19.
These restrictions include further provisions regarding the isolation of persons arriving to the Cayman Islands and provisions requiring persons arriving to complete a medical and travel questionnaire and to undergo a medical examination if considered necessary by a customs and border control officer.
For the purposes of preventing, controlling and suppressing the spread of COVID-19, the Public Health (Prevention, Control and Suppression of COVID-19) Regulations, 2020 (“PCS Regulations”) include the regulations briefly summarised below.
The PCS Regulations are more comprehensive, and provide for further restrictions, than the now repealed Public Health (Control and Suppression of COVID-19) Regulations, 2020 (13 March 2020) and the Public Health (Control and Suppression of COVID-19) (Amendment) Regulations, 2020 (20 March 2020).
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