Friday 30 October, 2020

BREAKING: Cayman home isolation breach results in arrest

Public Health in the Cayman Islands is at this time investigating the suspected breach of isolation protocols by a traveller and another person residing locally. The breach, which happened in very close proximity to the traveller’s home, was rapidly responded to by mobile compliance officers that are supervising the island's home quarantine protocols.

The country's phased border reopening process which entails 14-days of home quarantine is being facilitated by TravelCayman as well as by monitoring technology and other safeguards such as regular check-ins. Officials say the objective has been to create a multi-layered process that offers as much protection as is possible to the wider Cayman Islands community.

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service confirms that both offenders have been warned for intended prosecution. One of the offenders was also arrested for obstructing the police. The matter is currently under investigation and a completed file will be sent to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution for a decision. The traveller, along with their household, has been moved to a Government Quarantine Facility, and the local resident is also being detained.

Under the new laws, no one except the minister of health, those who have been granted approval by the Ministry Of Health and food, grocery and medication delivery services are permitted on the property of a home quarantine. Delivery persons may not enter any premises where persons are quarantined or have contact with the residents.

Persons found to have committed an offence against the regulations face a fine and imprisonment as outlined below.

Public Health reminds the public of the serious potential health risks to the community when persons in isolation breach their quarantine and also when residents assist in any such breach of isolation.

The public and travellers should be reminded that if found in breach persons will be warned for intended prosecution and are liable on conviction to a fine of one thousand dollars and to imprisonment for six months.

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