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Cayman Islands suspends non-essential business travel due to coronavirus

Published:Thursday | March 5, 2020 | 11:05 AM
Cayman Islands Acting Deputy Governor and acting chair of the National Hazard Management Council, Gloria McField-Nixon

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands, CMC - The Government of the Cayman Islands has announced the suspension of all non-essential official business travel as “a precautionary step” as it continues its efforts to keep the coronavirus COVID-19 away from the territory.

The announcement was made earlier this week by Acting Deputy Governor and acting National Hazard Management Council chair Gloria McField-Nixon.

“We know that the coronavirus has a significant presence in places abroad. We have reduced and eliminated non-essential travel of the civil service, both for our core civil service and our wider public service. As our business requirements, we are stepping down the need for people to travel for work unless it is absolutely essential, again as a precautionary measure,” McField-Nixon said in an interview.

The territory has already implemented restrictions for travellers to manage the virus.

Visitors who have been in China in the preceding 14 days before arriving in Cayman will be denied entry – a restriction in line with many of the country’s regional neighbours.

Returning residents who have travelled to mainland China will be quarantined under the direction of the Medical Officer of Health.

At this time, this is likely to be in the traveller’s home.

McField-Nixon explained that the COVID-19 is a “dynamic situation” but that government is looking at all the “phases the island will go through and what steps need to be put in place to maintain a safe and healthy work environment.”

McField-Nixon said support is already being provided and supplies are being made available for government employees.

“The safety of the civil servants is really paramount to us.”

She said measures are being put in place to ensure the continuity of business, including sick leave policy changes and flexible work hours for civil servants.

This action follows Cayman’s activation of its National Emergency Operations Centre earlier this week in response to the coronavirus threat.

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