58-hour full curfew imposed from tonight

| 25/03/2020 | 228 Comments
Cayman News Service
Premier Alden McLaughlin at Wednesday’s press briefing

(CNS): After receiving requests for more than 20,000 people in the private sector to be exempt from a ‘stay in place’ order, the premier has followed through on his threat to impose a full curfew. From 7pm on Wednesday night until 5am Saturday, Cayman will go on a full round-the-clock curfew for everyone except the most essential people. By that time the government hopes to have a manageable ‘shelter in place’ directive worked out.

Speaking at the regular daily press briefing on Wednesday, following news that two more people have tested positive for COVID-19, including one that was a false negative, Premier Alden McLaughlin said that during this limited period of considerable risk, the goal was to try to stop any community spread of this dangerous novel coronavirus.

During this two and a half day full lockdown all businesses will be forced under the law to close, including supermarkets, and only a very limited number of people with jobs in specific categories will be allowed out. Apart from those people who have requested and received exemption, the curfew requires every single person to remain in their homes for 58 hours, starting this evening from 7:00pm (Wednesday 25 March) when everything must shut down, until 5:00am on Saturday, 28 March.

McLaughlin said a ‘shelter in place’ order that people were just going to breach would be almost impossible for the police to manage and would have been futile. A curfew, however, will allow only a very specific group of people out and they will be required to have passes.

The premier explained that government had decided to take this drastic measure to try to prevent any community transmission of the disease, given that it can no longer be introduced from outside, and give Cayman a chance of getting through this with a relatively low number of COVID-19 cases.

McLaughlin said that if people stay home through the next ten days, we still have a chance of controlling the spread and will then have a better idea of where we stand, especially as we do not have enough tests to ever get an accurate picture of the transmission rate. The only way to manage the pandemic, he said, was to stop people mixing during this heightened time of risk.

Given the lack of cooperation from the private sector over closing businesses under a ‘stay at home’ general order, the premier said he had no choice but to force a curfew in the interim.

He said the Cabinet and the opposition will be working on the ‘shelter in place’ order over the next few days. This will be imposed on Saturday, when supermarkets will re-open and people will be allowed to leave their homes, still under restricted conditions but not as limited as the curfew.

The list of job categories that qualify people to apply for exemption during the imminent curfew is in the CNS Library.

Anyone who believes they fall into these categories can contact curfewtime@gov.ky to get a pass that will allow them to be outside during the 58-hour curfew.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Someone tell Alden that, ‘You don’t set the timeline, the virus does’.
    Dr Fauci.

  2. Anonymous says:

    so we all locked down because is throwing a temper tantrum?

    • Anonymous says:


    • Anonymous says:

      Well well 1.32, seems we have a Darwin award winner, right here in Cayman.

    • Anonymous says:

      No. We’re all locked up because of selfish dickheads trying to force people to work through a curfew, and more selfish dickheads who think they are invincible and don’t stop to think they could have or be carrying the virus around the community.

  3. Anonymous says:

    The busy-body dog gestapo needs to stop. Every nasty neighbour is glued to their window glass hoping to snap their nemesis doing something reportable. That’s not how we get through this.

  4. Anonymous says:

    No fan of this government at all but to be fair the Premier is stuck between a rock and a hard place… preventable deaths of a few vs the economy. No easy choices. Thw best thing we can all do is get behind them and pull together.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Construction sites should be closed, curfew applies.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Just saw a guy run down my street… looks like some still dgaf. Arseholes.

  7. Anonymous says:

    i live near governors harbour and i can hear gravel trucks at the construction site, so they aren’t effected?

  8. Anonymous says:

    Alden “there is no need to panic buy” …. and then you impose a 58 hour absolute curfew!!!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Some countries have implemented punishments for reposting panic causing information.

    No one can say today that what is published is true. Not even numbers because they’re most certainly taken out of contest, not even experts opinions, because there’s none when it comes to COVID19, everyone is learning as situation develops. And certainly not WHO, who is just reporting statistics and fear mongering.

    People’s minds have reached a saturation point. It can’t take one more opinion, one more “expert”, one more advise. You can’t blame them. Human minds need a vacation from information of any kind. Unless it is humorous and causes laughter.

    Premier is unknowingly causing more stress and panic than necessary. Who is his PR assistant?

    He could have reassured people that there is enough food in supermarkets and measures are being taken to prevent Saturday’s mayhem.

    He could have said who to contact if one for any reason is completely out of food and needs help.

    He could have reassured that a pharmacy would remain open for emergency cases.

    He could have reassured there are crisis phones lines to assist those who are depressed, claustrophobic, suicidal, have family crisis etc.

    There’s appears to be a couple of people who comment on CNS articles who are very angry and hateful spitting out vitriol. What is the purpose of publishing such comments?

    People are confused and frightened with too much information. No one knows anything now, no one is genius or dumb. What is the point of publishing insulting comments? I never understood that, especially now.

    • Right ya so says:

      @ Anonymous 26/03/2020 at 8:54 – he has provided that info, time & time again. The url to the info site is on a placard directly in front of the panel. btw instead of b#tching about it why haven’t you provided the links to the helplines and info sites?! Have YOU checked your neighbours are ok and have this info? FB, WhatsApp, texts from FLOW, neighbours, family, and the Compass all have this info too.


      • Anonymous says:

        Can you provide links to these assurances:

        Ensuring panic is not being spread.
        Ensuring hate speech is not present in social media.
        Ensuring enough food in supermarkets
        Ensuring no stampede would take place at supermarkets once they reopen
        Ensuring acutely and chronically ill, disabled and elderly won’t have to stay in lines under hot sun to buy groceries
        Ensuring food supplies will continue coming from overseas should regular suppliers cancel contracts.
        Ensuring assistance is available for mental crisis, child and family abuse cases
        Working on obtaining tests, personal protection equipment for medical staff.
        Ensuring exposed medical personnel is isolated from their families.
        Ensuring medical waste is properly disposed of.
        Ensuring essential functions workers are properly protected.
        Ensuring replacement is available for emergency and essential functions workers should they become exposed and would require a quarantine,
        Ensuring public places are in a proper sanitary state.
        Many people would probably want to leave the island once air travel resumes. Making sure emergency and essential functions workers don’t plan on doing so. If they had enough and would want to leave, may be consider paying them double rates so they stay.

  10. Kurt Christian says:

    Excellent job Premier !

  11. Anonymous says:

    alden putting the blame on private sector is the biggest lie ever…..and folks are swallowing it.
    cig let a banned italina cruise ship in and then tried to cover it up….
    cig then let all the residents(rich kids) fly back without any testing from heavily infected areas…

    but yes… blame private business that has zero evidence of causing spread of the virus…..zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    • Anonymous says:

      …and arbitrarily punish healthy dogs that need a walk to get their poo out.

    • Right ya so says:

      @ Anonymous says 26/03/2020 at 12:58 am – person having a heart attack, leave them to die?!;
      not all were rich kids, many are poor Caymanians on scholarship, most are in isolation at home and hotels;
      he didn’t blame private business, he’s trying to stop ALL people and businesses from spreading, and realised the fastest way for people to get the msg was to lock the place down, once everybody and their neighbour decided that THEY were essential and deserved the exemption.
      Stop being an idiot.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Here’s an idea: if you have neighbours who got caught out without food, share your flippin’ food. Lay it in their yard so and don’t break curfew. We are our brothers’ keepers. We are supposed to share Christian values. Let’s help our neighbours in need instead of ridiculing them!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Lawless behaviour will most certainly rear its ugly head. Is this the goal? It will result in even tougher restrictions and maybe boots on the ground courtesy of our “airbridge”.
    Mexico and Egypt are both experiencing turmoil.
    Be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.

  14. Anonymous says:

    There’s that ego that had taken a few weeks off. Can’t say we missed it.

  15. Anon says:

    There’s an awful lot of protruding stomachs in Govt, but I suppose 14 days locked in their home will make no difference as they never exercise anyway. However I suspect they will start feeling mighty twitchy after 4 or 5 days in jail.

  16. Anonymous says:

    It is not a lock down can still get my take away delivered

  17. Anonymous says:

    Mr. Premier I applaud you on your decision to implement a 24/7 curfew. Hats off to you. Your decision probably saved a lot of lives. To those that still are taking this virus for a joke, soon or later when you or a loved one is stricken with this virus, just maybe then you will understand the brevity of the situation.

  18. D Foster says:

    No doctor, no country, no one, absolutely no one has a cheat sheet on how you deal with this! Taking charge, like Alden did, is a brave and courageous move, Bravo! We are no longer the “Islands Time Forgot”, we’re in the thick of it, now is the time for us to unite, obey, and pray! 💗

    • Anonymous says:

      It isn’t leadership, it is the only option, not enough test kits, ventilators or hospitals to deal with this.

      • Anonymous says:

        why not manufacture some or donate

      • Anonymous says:

        There is nothing to deal with.

      • Anonymous says:

        We need Johann, Mario and Alric to run this show!

      • Anonymous says:

        True. And, this 24/7 is really about getting some Caymanians to get the gravity of this situation through their thick skulls. Alden can’t be that honest, so he has blamed business owners (who I sure are whining too). Just today, less than two hours before the 24/7 curfew started I went for a walk and crossed a big Caymanian gathering. Four big SUVs, four our five kids running around, mixed families – and judging by the looks, friends as well as family member – all having a grand old time and totally oblivious to what is going one. If just one of those people had the misfortune of picking up the virus, then four large families could find themselves in the hospital soon. Alden did the only smart thing at this point. There will probably be more cases arising, just like today, but if we have a lockdown, we can perhaps keep the hospitals from being overwhelmed and for people to die needlessly. Three days of 24/7 isn’t going to fix this, but it will hopefully at least get people’s attention enough to change their behavior big time. If we can bear this out for a while, we might be able to resume a somewhat normal life – in the context of a global pandemic – just as Alden said. If not – we are in for a much rougher ride.

      • D Foster says:

        You are correct and that’s why he made that decision. So, you can’t give him credit for doing the right thing? This isn’t about politics, this is about human life!

    • Anonymous says:

      Ask the priests in Italy.
      The praying stuff ain’t cutting it.

      • D Foster says:

        Pray, whether you believe or not, is a positive thing, it gives people hope. It doesn’t hurt anyone, it doesn’t cost anything, and blood Caymanians are a faith based society, it’s our culture. To mock it is unfair, rude and inconsiderate, try to be kind and accepting during this nightmare. Peace 💗

    • Anonymous says:

      This is not original thinking from Alden, Caymans representatives are incapable of such. He is panicking after failing to impose his authority on Caymanian businesses who thought that they were essential and ignored his pathetic pleas.
      We need a strategy that fits Cayman, not NY, we need thinkers, not local fools projected into power by the churches, the corrupt and the uneducated. Most of all, we need real leadership, but from what I see around this island, we will wait in vain.

      • D Foster says:

        You sound like one of those “local fools” you mentioned! What, are you an uppity better than the natives
        ex-pat or paper Caymanian – shame on you, shame on you! I’m sorry I said that (it felt good) because I reduced myself to a low level – now is the time to put aside prejudices and unite – we are all in the same boat!

  19. Anonymous says:

    I see that a lot of government office staff are exempt. I assume that they are more able to remain free of the virus compared to the general public and thus do not have to work from home like everyone else.

    • Anonymous says:

      don’t ask awkward questions…

    • Anonymous says:

      Are you dumb

    • Anonymous says:

      5.42pm Perhaps you should watch or listen to the press briefing where the reasoning. was explained

    • Anonymous says:

      Speaking as CIG staff whose office is on the new exempted curfew list who is capable of working from home (and who has been doing so from last week), the protocol is that we are to work from home, IF SOME EMERGENCY OCCURS and we must go to GAB our names will be given to RCIPS and our access badges activated so we can enter the GAB … otherwise stay home … CURFEW for all

    • Anonymous says:

      Agreed, and the extra cool part is that they get exempted so they can go shopping, but still don’t do any work.

  20. Anonymous says:

    I think if some of the people posting these comments were in New York or Madrid or Rome or London right now they might be a bit more tolerant and understanding and supportive of what our officials are trying to do.

  21. Anonymous says:

    If you dont have enough money or food in your house for 2 1/2 days, then panic and go to supermarket/atm….if you do, just go f*cken home and chill….we all have the best ideas on here and social media, but let’s be honest, the government had to lead and these are their decisions and we shoudl abide by them…they can take the 2 1/2 days to sort a proper lock down and let us know Saturday……if your dog sh*ts in the house, clean it up…you’ll be ok

    • Anonymous says:

      Pet owners are allowed to walk dogs, so any interior fouling would be on them.

      • Anonymous says:

        No they are not. This is not the previous set up where you could walk dogs and exercise – this is not stepping outside your yard unless you have one of the special passes for emergency services and MLAs. 58 hours inside the house. Saturday he may reintroduce dog walking, jogging and shopping runs. Till then nada.

        • Anonymous says:

          So walk the dog in the yard. You worried about the dog going in your yard? Do people not clean up after their pets regardless?

        • Anonymous says:

          Walking my dog on my property is nobody else’s problem but mine. So many busy bodies wishing for martial law quarantine that is different from a shelter-in-place.

    • Anonymous says:

      You will be OK if you were one of those who bought up everything so no one else could have it. Panic buyers win. Everyone else can starve. Great plan to starve out the law abiding people on island.

    • Anonymous says:

      Two dogs crapping and peeing in the house for 58 hours? Are you insane? I am taking my dogs out to do their business!

  22. Anonymous says:

    Looking at the size of most people on this island, I think they can deal without stuffing food into their mouths for a couple of days…..

    • Anonymous says:

      A very mean comment but as an overweight woman I know I can fast for a bit. Fast and pray for commonsense and selflessness for others. Fast for the continued firm leadership of the Premier.

      • Anonymous says:

        Of course you can go without chocolate, cakes and snacks for a couple of days, we’ll done you – avoid diabetes and heart attack.

        As for the praying bit, forget that nonsense. Ask all the priests in Italy if the holy one has helped one bit!

    • Anonymous says:

      But will your oversized sense of self-worth see any reduction because of this? Probably not. Sad!

    • Hungry says:

      I don’t know what island you’re on but Cayman doesn’t have an excessive amount of fat people. If anything some of these kids need to eat

  23. Anonymous says:

    It should be a full 14 day shutdown and hopefully they will extend it.

    We need to swallow the better pillow now. If we can get past the incubation period with no significant community spread then maybe just maybe we can start to loosen up a bit.

    • Anonymous says:

      Unless you’re planning to starve it world wide, all you’re doing is kicking the can down the road and delaying the inevitable at devastating costs.

      How successful have we been at killing off influenza?

      • Anonymous says:

        Negative Nelly alert! (Don’t worry – he isn’t basing any of this on facts).

      • Anonymous says:

        The better question is how successful has the world been in beating the other Coronaviruses? The answer: very successful. Stop your idiotic, right wing fear mongering that always hints that the best thing to do is let millions die to protect the economy. It is not they way to go and thankfully our government understands that. When, in two months the the US has the most deaths of any industrialized country because of the abominable response by the current administration and your precious economy is in ruins anyway, you should send thanks to this government for having the sense to put lives ahead of the shareholders. It will be tough times, but through a caring community, we can make sure no one starves to death

        • Anonymous says:

          The first coronavirsu was identified on Jan 7th.
          The WHO declared a global health emergency on Jan 30, where were they?
          On Jan 31 the U.S. stopped all travel incoming from China or those that had traveled to China in the previous 2 weeks.
          On March 11th, the WHO declared Covid-19 a global pandamic.
          On March 11th the U.S. resticted travel from 26 European countries.

          Care to give a comparison to our response here or for that matter a comparison to responses from Europe or Asia?

          Your hatred for Trump doesn’t help anyone, maybe it makes you feel better.

          • Anonymous says:

            Your right-wing fear mongering of how the economic ramifications are worse than the disease not only doesn’t help anyone, it put the lives of gullible people at risk. After the US experiences the worst death toll from coronavirus of any industrialised country because of inept leadership, come talk to us. The economy will be in shambles in any case, but we here in the Cayman Island might not have to deal with the same kind of mortality rate because of the steps being taken by our government right now.

            • Anonymous says:

              If even one person in Cayman dies of Covid-19 it will be 600% higher rate than the current U.S. numbers. US infection rate is rising because they are finally doing mass testing. The US death rate is far below most European countries.


              When you’ve given up on your rainbows and unicorns mentality regarding the importance of the economy maybe educate yourself.


              But by all means in the interim, continue to vilify.

              • Anonymous says:

                So you want to play with numbers? Here are some from your own sources: Of the five countries that have had the worst COVID-19 exposure (China, Spain, Iran, Italy and the US) in terms of number of cases, the US has the most new cases, the most active cases and least number of recoveries. The death toll is just now starting to rise Come back to me in two weeks and we’ll see where the US is then. And I fully know the importance of the economy and realise it is tanked no matter what happens. But I also have the human decency to understand that if we move to “sacrifice” the working class like cannon fodder so well-to-do elites like you can continue having your fancy cocktail parties, then we’ve really lost our humanity. Human beings have been able to survive in poverty before and we will survive this. Sure, it will come with a lot of pain, but at least it won’t come with the stain that we basically intentionally let millions of people die to support the lifestyles of the rich and famous. There are no rainbows and no unicorns, but there is human decency. We do what we can do to save lives and for a long as you post your right wing drivel about how the economy matters more than lives, I will be here to counter you BS.

                • Anonymous says:

                  Are you still believing Chinese and iranian numbers? More fool you.

                • Anonymous says:

                  The problem is you don’t believe that economic conditions can and do cause death in the millions every year. You are a poverty denier. I cannot help you if you want you stubbornly choose to live in ignorance but I don’t have to participate in your ingnorance.

    • Anonymous says:

      “swallow the better pillow”? WTF Did you mean swallow the bitter pill?

    • Say it like it is says:

      5.16pm See how you feel after 58 hours locked up in your house, then think about another 278 hours on top of that.

    • Swallow that pillow says:

      Yeah, I think you may be mixing your metaphors here – swallowing a bitter pill is one thing; whereas pillow biting is a whole different game altogether…….

      • Anonymous says:

        Yeah and In Cayman you cant go around recommending pillow biting, or Anthony Eden will pay you a visit – remember he is not in lock down. .

  24. Anonymous says:

    If the Financial sector and law firms had simply cooperated and not tried to have all their employees considered exempt we wouldn’t be under 24/7 curfew. This curfew is 100% on them.

    • Anonymous says:

      wherr i understand employees are suffering how on earth as s tour operator no business at all due to xocid 19 pay severenxe. i am sure i am not the obly one the govt is out of their minds and will bankeupt compabies. release theie pensions its their money and put a atop to have to pay come on look whata happening common sense has to prevail

      • Anonymous says:

        ? How are you able to work ?

        • Anonymous says:

          What has being able to work got to do with it? His point is he cannot afford to pay severance as he has no income coming in. Of course that doesn’t affect his legal obligation to pay it, but that’s a different story.

    • Anonymous says:

      nonsense…and you have no evidence to prove that.

    • Anon says:

      Did you obtain a list of the claimants for exemption, if so someone is illegally leaking information. If not, you are guessing, do you really think no Caymanian employers applied?.The curfew is on Covid-19 and your Premier, not the financial industry which keeps Cayman afloat.

      • Anonymous says:

        @9:02 – I’m sorry, where did I mention anything about ex-pats or Caymanians in my post? Or are you saying that Caymanians don’t work in Law firms nor the financial industry. If you had actually listened, the Premier called out the financial sector for this.

    • Anonymous says:

      If that was true, Alden should name them. Otherwise, it’s just fake news.

    • Anonymous says:

      Of course he could have just said no to the requests instead. Or told us yesterday it would shut down tonight so we had 24 hrs to get supplies in.

    • Anonymous says:

      Funny how when I looked around and saw all the many people out and about it wasn’t financial and law firm people I saw. It was mostly the entitled ones trying to buy out the stores. But at least he didn’t Blame it directly on Expats.

    • Anonymous says:

      Just like Trump said: it’s all Obama’s fault. And the Chinese. And the jerk New York governor. And Nancy Pelosi’s fault. And the media. And that turncoat Mitt Romney. And That overrate Meryl Streep. And the Mexicans. And the Muslims. And all those unAmerican commies who want the virus to win because they oppose Trump.

  25. Anonymous says:

    this makes no sense. cayman has now introduced a restriction on its people harsher than anywhere else in the world. no reason why or given… our number of cases do not support the measure.
    what will happen between now and sat to make him lift this….a few more positive results?

    • The dumb get dumber says:

      Boy, you are seriously dumb and ignorant. Where have you been for the last week under a rock? You better climb back under it, keep listening to Fakebook and stay there for at least another six months.

    • Anonymous says:

      We don’t know how many cases we have, that’s the purpose of isolation. If you develop it, then are not likely to have or to infect anyone else.

  26. That's what you get! says:

    This is what you get, the government has asked you to stay at home and self isolate, placed a curfew with only essential businesses can remain open after 7pm
    Thousands of people call and complain, we guess what CLOSE!
    Very simple. Alden you have some great B@LLS and we stand by you in this discussion.

    You should have locked the country down for 14 days, with only emergency services, real essential businesses be allowed to remain open and supermarkets, farmers for delivery.

    Oh why the donkeys @ss are you filling your cars up, you can’t go anywhere for three days.

    I was wondering though, does full curfew mean I can sleep on my boat fishing for the next three days?

  27. Anonymous says:

    …and now, the ridiculous stampede to resupply before 7pm.

    • Anonymous says:

      Except it’s 6 since the supermarkets close before the curfew to let people get home. Unless there is a really big q like Kirks yesterday in which case it’s 430. But remember – no need to panic shop – you have a whole 3 hrs to compete with everyone else in the island to get through the front door of the shop before it closes because CIG didn’t think it may be an idea having told everyone not to stock up as it was panic buying and the shops would be open 7 days a week that they were going to lock them down for 58 hours.

  28. Anonymous says:

    Are prostitutes exempted if they do home delivery?

  29. Anonymous says:

    So glad I started buying extra groceries two months ago. An extra bag of rice, pack of ramen or few cans of beans every week. The writing has been on the wall since January.

  30. Anonymous says:

    So I bet the LA could not decide between them so Alden asked the chief of poilce to make the curfew longer. He is punishing the people for not wanting the 10 day shutdown. The LA can decide anything now we have a joke of a shutdown that won’t achieve anything except more panic at supermarkets today and Saturday. Oh and shut the airport even to just leaving flights now people cant escape even if they wanted.


    • Anonymous says:

      We need a two week total shutdown. Not two days. Do it right or not at all.

      • Anon says:

        6.04pm Well genius, why not a 1 month lockdown, that will surely stop Covid-19 in it’s tracks, as we will all be dead from starvation or suicide.

        • Anonymous says:

          Poor boy! This is so hard on you. Go talk to mamma. She will make you a hot cup of cocoa and rub your head to make you feel better. Then she can make you a nice corned beef sandwich so you don’t starve. The world has turned so evil, but mamma will help you.

  31. Anon says:

    A few questions, are we allowed to walk the dog around the neighborhood, is exercising around the neighborhood allowed and can we go outside on the front porch or yard for some fresh air?

  32. Anonymous says:

    So I live on a private gated road, we all own a share can we use the road? 6ft appart etc.

    • Anonymous says:

      I am assuming yes but haven’t seen an answer to this question. Same goes for all those living in a condo development I would assume.

  33. Anonymous says:

    Dumb move. Just to try to prove he run tings.

  34. Anonymous says:

    I have no issue with this idea in principal but there should have been more warning. There is not enough time for everyone on island to get some groceries in. Also I’m in self quarantine until tomorrow so am basically screwed for food until Saturday as supermarkets aren’t delivering. Not well thought through.

    • Anonymous says:

      You might have seen this coming yesterday or before but everyone is crying foul. For your own good and for good of your fellow residents, deal with it!

      • Anonymous says:

        if he is self quarantined he was not allowed to go out yesterday or I’m guessing the last 12-13 days, hence why he is out tomorrow…..or not in this case.

        • Anonymous says:

          Thank you 4:52 that is exactly the case! 🙂 Hence why i am now concerned that I havent got enough food in. 4:11 not everyone can just “deal with it”. Not everyone has the support of friends or family to rely on to keep them stocked up.

      • Anonymous says:

        4:11 I hope you never become a doctor or have to visit anyone in hospital.. Your bedside manner would be awful. I understand its necessary but that doesnt mean they could have verbally given us more warning. we went from curfew to lockdown very quickly.

        • Anonymous says:

          You must have missed the implication yesterday in the Premier’s update. Seems some just don’t understand the gravity of the situation and so just might get it and spread it. This is not about bedside manner, it’s about forcing the ignorant to do the right thing. Sorry, but not sorry you had ample time to prepare.

          • Anonymous says:

            5:27 there was not ample time to prepare. I re-iterate that I have been in quarantine for nearly 14 days. As a sensible member of the community I have adhered to that. Government have been very quick at escalating this and have not given people time to prepare accordingly. It is quite something to go from a 7pm – 5am curfew to full out lock down in a matter of days. You seem to think the general public has the ability to predict governments every movement which we do not. Again I do not disagree with the lock down but they should have given everyone at least 24 hours to prepare for this. Particularly when supermarkets immediately ceased home delivery which many people who cant leave their homes were relying on. To say “sorry not sorry” is an utterly childish response to this situation.

        • Anonymous says:

          Why don’t you ask the Coronavirus to wait until you get your dumbass ready? It might wait for you, fool.

        • Anonymous says:

          Yea, and you can go from healthy to corona very quickly too.

    • Anonymous says:

      Sorry to hear. The supermarket offer delivery service or get a friend or colleague to pickup the necessary for you.

    • Anonymous says:

      If you are in self isolation due to travel you need to stay that way until at least 30 March as the 14 day period came in on 16 March. If you came in before 16 March then you are not legally required to quarantine.

    • Anonymous says:

      Welcome to third world. By law if you have no food or not enough to last 21/2 to 10 to ? days then you must starve yourself because the government here could not see fit to give a warning of closure. Of Course the only ones who have a lot of food are the ones who disregarded Government asking people to not panic buy. Everyone who listen to this is now screwed. What is the lesson here.

      • Anonymous says:

        There is no good reason why they cannot allow the grocery delivery service to continue…. Why can a restaurant deliver, but a supermarket cannot?!???

      • Anonymous says:

        The lesson is that we are swarmed with selfish Prima Donnas like you. You have no idea what real hardship is, so just suck it up buttercup!

      • Anonymous says:

        Go to your “first world” on the first flight out of Cayman and stay there.

    • Anonymous says:

      Okay next time we will ask Mr. Coronavirus to hold off a little bit to give you time to get to the grocery store and do your shopping..

      I have come to the conclusion that some of us Caymanians don’t have a lick of common sense or don’t understand the severity of this virus..Understand people, if you get it, it could kill you and even if it doesn’t you could give to one of your friends or family members and they could die from it.. Do you want to live with that guilt for the rest of your life if you survive..

      Stay unna ass home! Fosters, Kirks and Hurleys will be there Saturday morning stocked and ready to go and you can buy to your hearts content..3 days ain’t going to kill you!

  35. Elvis says:

    Just passed the gas station, people queuing to fill up with gas, where exactly are they going on lockdown? Lmao don’t panic don’t panic, charrrrrrrrrrge

    • Anonymous says:

      Because every day the Premier seems to decide to tighten things up even further – remember how yesterday he said there was no need to panic shop then decided to close the supermarkets today with 4 hours notice – no one trusts that it really will be 2 days.

    • BeaumontZodecloun says:

      My opinion: It is the psychology of how people try to control their environment. We all cope with stress and change in different ways. I think the binge buying and gas buying might be caused by triggering our “emergency” button, which, in the past has been tripped by impending tropical cyclones. Those people I’ve observed stocking up seem to be buying much the same kind of goods.

      Another possibility is that some people might wonder if they might need to use their generators if the power goes out. I don’t see any reason why the power would be any more vulnerable now than any other time in the year, but again, there are those ‘fight or flight’ responses that we all feel and adapt to.

      Covid-19 is a complete unknown to the medical community, hence it’s characerisation of “novel virus”. It’s impact globally is not fully realised and therefore unknown, and this situation is new to most of us, regardless of age. I think we can forgive people for being unsure or frightened. Those that can buy more are doing so.

      I hope all this social distancing doesn’t draw us apart in a selfish way. We still have to row together. Let us not forget the value of our neighbors, even while we are distancing ourselves from them. ;o)

      • John Smith says:

        “unknown to the medical community”… This is completely false. Please don’t spread false statements that you are totally incorrect on.

        • BeaumontZodecloun says:

          I could have perhaps said it better, but that is essentially true. “Novel” coronavirus means “new”. Human beings have never yet had an immunological response to it. Is it a shifting antigen? Will it abate or return? Will the R0 remain around 2.5 or increase or decrease? NO. BODY. KNOWS. There is not yet nor has there even been a vaccine for Covid-19. There may be one in a few months.

          Doctors and other health professionals around the world have died of complications relating to Covid-19 infection. Those are facts. It’s current CFR is somewhere around 5%, up from 3.5 last month. The pneumonia that often results, particularly in the elders who’ve contracted Covid-19 is atypical of the usual pneumonia.

          The health and medical staff around the globe are frantically trying to characterise and discover methods and substances to treat those afflicted with it. I feel that they are getting a handle on it, but, sadly, that is just my opinion.

          be safe.

    • Anonymous says:

      For real I would like to know where they going and any that get catch on the road should be prosecuted as you hve no reason to be there only in emergency situation

  36. Elvis says:

    Should be 1 week let’s rid this virus fast

  37. Anonymous says:

    How about just saying “no” to those you don’t think should be exempt?

    • Right ya so says:

      @ Anonymous says 25/03/2020 at 3:55 pm – doesn’t work because they all think it doesn’t apply to them. This is the only way to make people understand.

  38. Anonymous says:

    Useless. Sunday we can make each other sick again.

    100% lock down for 14 days will work.

  39. Anonymous says:

    This a panic and hopelessly punitive measure derived from his lack of authority amongst his business buddies. 58 hours is pointless, it must be a minimum of 7, and preferably 14 days lockdown. If his Caymanian dead heads don’t get it, arrest their greedy ass’s.

  40. Anonymous says:

    Don’t hoard! But, be prepared for a sudden and potentially long lockdown were you can’t buy food or get your life saving medications

    • Anonymous says:

      Even in Europe you can go to food stores and pharmacies, stop your stupidity and educate yourself.

      • Anonymous says:

        Europe, with all its neighborhood corner stores serving a small area, and its tens of thousands of cases and thousands of deaths. Yeah, that model of lockdown is working just great, NOT!
        If we do not have the tests and organization to act like South Korea, we have to go full Wuhan and do it now!

        • Anonymous says:

          And who’s fault is it we don’t have the tests!
          Thats right the government that is claiming to be ahead of the game!
          Maybe back in January they should have got ahead of the game and sorted 100K of tests!

          • Anonymous says:

            They didn’t. Sue them. But until it is safe to go to court, a full Wuhan style lockdown is the only way to go.

      • Anonymous says:

        Even in Europe – but not here, which was the posters point. Calling them stupid ironic.

  41. Anonymous says:

    Well if he had stopped the cruise ships earlier, and now its a mad panic in the supermarket and will be again saturday, so badly thought out.
    Feels like a punishment for business not wanting to accept 10 day shutdown, so how many small business are going to close, I got a letter last night saying 1 months pay then thats it unless goverment helps not holding my breath.
    Wish I could leave the island now, stuck in paradise no food, no job soon to be no where to live.

  42. Anonymous says:

    Glad to see that after we were told “do not hoard groceries” that they are now closing all grocery stores. What are we supposed to do for food the next few days?
    I ordered online from Kirks, and now told those will not be delivered either.
    Going outside, getting exercise, all the things we need to do to stay healthy… nope don’t do that either.
    What about people that don’t read the Compass or CNS? Will they just be arrested? How is government planning to notify people?

    • Anonymous says:

      Lesson number one. Do not accept everything you are told, especially by amateurs. Lesson number two. Think for yourself. Lesson number three? Don’t know yet.

    • Anonymous says:

      To 3.35 “Going outside, getting exercise, all the things we need to do to stay healthy… nope don’t do that either.” False. 1) You are allowed outside, just stay on your property and off the roads. 2) You may exercise inside or in your yard.

  43. Anonymous says:

    Kirk’s just called to flippantly relay that the order our household placed on Monday for delivery tomorrow is now cancelled, or deferred until sometime next week, contrary to the assurance at the press conference that deliveries are exempted services.

  44. Anonymous says:

    Sir, Mr Premier Sir, I get the logic but unless a full curfew is imposed for 14 days (incubation period) its hard to imagine we’re really achieving anything unless all of the current cases (including unknown) are on the outside of 10 days… – whats the long term plan ?

    • Anonymous says:

      For all their talk of “fake news”, it was notable in today’s press conference that Alden and Dwayne were talking about a 5-6 symptom incubation period, like they are dealing with some other virus unlike the one everyone else is dealing with on the planet. Elsewhere, we know the virus can be asymptomatic for 14+ days, though 14 seems to be the medical consensus figure used by WHO/CDC. That would infer that someone could become symptomatic on the 14th day and then fall ill, to a varying degree for a period of 4-8+ weeks.

  45. Ryan says:

    Is garbage collection suspended during this time as well ?

  46. Anonymous says:

    Step away’: How to not kill your kids during coronavirus lockdown
    Child protection professionals express considerable worry over risks with families locked up 24/7 together for an indefinite period.

  47. John Smith says:

    I take no pride in saying this… common sense and cooperation did not work – look in the mirror to find blame.

  48. Anonymous says:

    I have said it very rarely in recent years, but WELL DONE ALDEN!!! Thank you!

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