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What We Know About COVID

Testing Matters

Following a rigorous testing protocol with the best test available (PCR) is a strong line of defense against the spread of COVID-19.

Bubbles Work

The NBA bubble was 100% effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19. Resort/villa bubbles have worked well for reopening strategies in other islands.

Survival is Increasing

Survival rates have improved with new therapies and more are on the way.

Outdoors is Best

Virus transmission is 18x less outdoors than indoors. Open air environments are safest.

Sanitization is Key

Washing hands, using hand sanitizers and sanitizing common areas can keep COVID from spreading.

Protocols are Effective

Comprehensive protocols can prevent virus spread to the community.

Real Stories Of How COVID Has Taken A Toll On Our Community

While we kept the virus at bay, the economy and the overall well-being of our
community felt the pain. Our businesses are barely getting by, and our
communities face a bleak employment outlook with no end in sight.

Supporting Local Businesses and Local Employment

The Safe Plan for Cayman will allow Caymanian business owners like Juliet Cumber-Forget of Cayman Villas to rehire her Caymanian staff and support an important sector of stayover tourism. Juliet and other villa managers around Grand Cayman are onboard with the plans to reopen safely through a phased approach to get the economy moving and bring back furloughed employees.

Family-owned Cayman Villas began 50 years ago, yet sustainability is unlikely without a reopening plan. The loss of this business and others like it would mean unemployment for local Caymanians and a blow to real estate investment, which provides significant Government revenues.

Providing Opportunities for Caymanians

The Safe Plan to Reopen Cayman will provide employment for many Caymanians, particularly for individuals displaced from the cruise industry. John Hazard, General Manager of the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort, has led an initiative to recruit and train Caymanians for the hospitality industry. With little occupancy, John has been forced to reduce his staff, and without a plan for reopening, he is struggling to support his 100 current staff which includes 70 Caymanians. Despite the challenge the resort faces, John organized a successful open house for displaced tourism workers, which provided Caymanians an opportunity to learn about the industry and connect with potential employers.

“I’ve been privileged to see Caymanians thrive in hospitality. We have set up a training program for displaced Caymanians and hosted an open house to share the opportunities in our industry. A Safe Plan to Reopen Cayman will enable us to retain our current team and hire more Caymanian staff.” – John Hazard

Rehiring Caymanian Staff

The Safe Plan for Cayman Phase 2 will provide an opportunity for approved tour operators and attractions to rehire Caymanian staff. Matthew Adam, Co-owner of Cayman Safari Adventures and Cayman Crystal Caves, has been forced to lay off 13 of his 15 Caymanian staff and keep only two staff on a part time basis. Many of his former staff are struggling to pay their bills even with the government stipend. He is concerned about the mental health risks for his former staff and others in the community.

Testing Protocols In Our Region

Bermuda

PCR testing pre-arrival, on arrival and on days 4 and 8 with daily temperature checks

Barbados

PCR testing pre-arrival and 1-2 days post-arrival. Resort quarantine bubble required.

St. Kitts & Nevis

PCR testing pre-arrival, on arrival and 7 days post arrival. Resort quarantine bubble required.

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