Please see below guidance to Caymanians in the UK based on current UK and Cayman Islands CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) advisories.
The UK is not currently on the Category 1 at risk area list, however could be added.
NOTE: GUIDANCE AS AT COP THURSDAY 5 MARCH 2020:
Please note advice may change daily.
CURRENT GUIDANCE FOR CAYMANIANS IN THE UK WISHING TO TRAVEL TO CAYMAN IS IS AS FOLLOWS:
|1||Caymanian wanting to return to Cayman not showing any symptoms, has NOT travelled to a Category 1 country in the last two weeks.||Currently able to fly and arrive in Cayman with no quarantine, subject to flight availability.|
|2||Caymanian wanting to return to Cayman not showing any symptoms, as HAS travelled to a Category 1 country in the last two weeks.||Able to fly home, may/will be quarantined and tested on arrival (details in link below.)|
|3||Caymanian HAS travelled to a Category 1 country in the last two weeks and showing symptoms.||Must call 111 and advise NHS of the symptoms, must not travel, must receive NHS mobile testing and await results.|
|4||Caymanian person test results show COVID-19 positive, wishes to return to Cayman.||Must remain in the UK and get treatment from NHS. Must not travel, must be handled through NHS UK, in cases of crisis BOT Citizens are treated as BRITISH CITIZENS in the UK.|
|5||If there is a major outbreak in the UK, and UK is put on the Category 1 list Caymanians should not expect to travel home without being quarantined. If experiencing symptoms, please see category 3.||If you are not showing symptoms you may be able to travel home, however flights are not guaranteed and you may be quarantined on arrival|
COVID-19 SPECIFIED COUNTRIES
Category 1 Countries/Areas:
Wuhan City and Hubei Province (China)
Daegu or Cheongdo (Republic of Korea)
Category 2 Countries/Areas:
Republic of Korea*
* Except areas of the country specifically referred to in Category 1.
The risk of an individual getting the illness in most countries is low. However, we can all do our part in preventing the spread of viruses by the adoption of good hygiene practice:
– If you return from travel and feel ill or have concerns that you may be infected, we recommend you contact your health care provider and self-isolate until given direction from your health care provider. In this situation, please reach out to your Partner or Manager for alternative work arrangements.
Please also read and follow the guidance issued by the Cayman Islands Government, as persons who have returned from specific jurisdictions where there is a risk of COVID-19, within the last 14 days, should advise Public Health immediately if they have a cough, or fever or shortness of breath.
– I encourage everyone to follow standard flu prevention measures:
o Avoid close contact with others that appear unwell
o Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or the bend of your arms and cleanse your hands
o Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
o Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
o Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces regularly
o Stay at home if you are feeling unwell. Limit contact with others where possible.
CIG Update on Novel Coronavirus
Following discussions with Cabinet on March 3rd, the Deputy Governor the Hon. Franz Manderson convened a meeting of the National Hazard Management Council (NHMC) at 3 p.m. and announced the partial activation of the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) in response to the threat of the COVID-19 virus.
Mr. Manderson emphasized that there are currently no suspected or confirmed cases of the virus in the Cayman Islands, however it was appropriate to continue to anticipate the threat and plan accordingly.
Mr. Manderson, who is also the Chairman of the National Hazard Management Council said Government continues to work diligently to keep the virus from arriving in the Islands, but the NEOC activation brings together key stakeholders to consider likely impacts if a case of COVID-19 was confirmed, and to find ways of limiting the effects on the economy and most importantly on the health and wellbeing of local residents.
The Chief Executive Officer for the Health Services Authority (HSA), Lizzette Yearwood said the Authority was taking steps to improve testing, screening and monitoring for the virus, and a flu hotline will be set up for persons to call if they have concerns or are exhibiting symptoms. Additionally, travel restrictions to and from certain countries may increase in response to the evolving threat.
Hazard Management Director Danielle Coleman, explained that HMCI, the Governor’s Office and the Health Services Authority are working closely with regional partners including the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) and a team from Public Health England are currently here in the Cayman Islands working and supporting Government with the COVID-19 threat.
For more information on COVID-19 and for guidance on how to best protect your household, please visit www.hsa.ky/coronavirus or contact the Public Health Department on 244-2621.