Cayman to increase penalty for those who break COVID-19 self-isolation

Cayman legislators are currently discussing amendments to the Public Health Law that could see the fines for breaching COVID-19 self-isolation increase from KY$1000 to KY$10,000.

Cayman will move to increase the penalties for those caught breaking coronavirus self-isolation.

The island’s Health Minister, Dwayne Seymour, said the current penalty was not sufficient to dissuade people from breaking the law.

Currently, incoming travellers who break the mandatory self-isolation requirement can be fined KY$1000 or face up to six months in jail.

According to Seymour, increasing the fine would better help the country to protect itself from a COVID-19 outbreak.

The minister revealed that during Cabinet discussions, larger fines of up to $50,000 were discussed but the $10,000 fine seemed more acceptable to most members.

Since Cayman moved into the phased re-opening of its borders there has been only one known breach of its mandatory self-isolation regulation.

Cayman, which has a population of just under 60,000 people, has had 239 cases of the virus with one death.