Face masks duty-free until next year

| 15/09/2021 | 36 Comments
Cayman News Service
Education Minister Juliana O’Connor-Connolly

(CNS): Cabinet approved a 100% waiver of import duty until June next year on imported facial masks, hand sanitizers and surgical gloves following its weekly meeting last week. The waiver comes just as the government is about to reintroduce mask mandates indoors in regulations expected to be rolled out later this week, which was confirmed in the release of the Cabinet summary notes.

Most businesses were beginning to roll out mask requirements even before government announced plans to mandate masks again in the face of what is now believed to be at least ten cases of community transmitted COVID-19. The reintroduction of COVID-19 suppression measures, including mask wearing mandates and safe distancing in public places, will also see public gatherings cut to 100 inside and 250 outdoors.

Speaking to the country at the press conference Tuesday evening, Panton outlined the forthcoming changes. “We will soon change some of the regulations, including mandating masking in all indoor areas, such as churches, schools, supermarkets, bars, and insisting on the use of hand hygiene,” he said.

With the virus apparently spreading, officials are urging people to stay home as much as possible, only leave for essential trips and wear a mask. They are also advising people to practice social distancing by staying at least six feet away from other people who are not
members of your household at all times. Even before the publication of the new regulations privates businesses can mandate face mask and refuse entry to those not wearing one.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Ofreg should see to it that all the duty free are passed on to the consumers

  2. Anonymous says:

    Is this really. news worthy, or even worth mentioning – drop in the bucket to Government and to individuals.

    • Hubert says:

      Well geez, this should have been done months ago. Not exactly leading edge public health policy thinking when so many are unvaccinated.

  3. Kaymanian says:

    I hope when they get duty waived on these items they dont jack up the pricing. these vendors and supermarkets is ridiculous with this!!!!

  4. Anonymous says:

    What about paving equipment and foot spas? Exorcism props?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Juju since you haven’t honored your promise to allow us to grow medical marijuana as yet, can you reduce the duty on jamaican ganja by any chance?

  6. Sheriff says:

    Well I guess this tells us when they plan on moving forward with the reopening plan…June 2022. Heaven help us!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Like all other duty-free items, Government pays no attention to whether or not a merchant passes on the savings to the customer (they don’t!). I’m paying $4 for KN95 masks now, I’ll watch and see!!

  8. Anonymous says:

    “A single face mask can release as many as 173,000 microfibers per day into the seas, according to a study in Environmental Advances. “They’re not going anywhere,” says Nicholas Mallos, who oversees the Ocean Conservancy’s marine debris program.”

    How face masks are disposed of in Cayman? With household trash? Simply thrown away?

  9. Anonymous says:

    It seems that all other serious problems Cayman is facing are forgotten.

    Family wins court case over Staffordshire landfill site emissions

  10. Anonymous says:

    Hooray! That makes up for keeping out borders closed for no reason!

    I will be carrying on life as normal and not giving in to the utter hysteria relating to the community spread. It was coming anyway in October, so why all the panic now??

  11. Babs says:

    They should hand them out for free at the door when you enter

  12. Robert Mugabe IV says:

    Oh ffs. Duty free, wow very generous of the Govt.
    They really have an optimistic outlook…”duty free until June NEXT YEAR!!!”
    What type of plan exactly do Pact have in mind.

  13. Anonymous says:

    They don’t work

  14. Anonymous says:

    Earlier this week I ordered 100 for $20US on Amazon – here similar ones are 20 for $20 KYD!

  15. Anonymous says:

    To benefit the rich again! What a pile of BS!

  16. Anonymous says:

    I bought face masks at Foster’s today and the person behind me in line planned on doing the same til she said that the $15 face masks were $5 only 3 days before. Seriously? How much more can we be ripped off?

    • Anonymous says:

      More fool for buying them. Have lots of t- shirts that can be ripped up!

    • Jeezum dah expensive says:

      Cayman has always been overpriced! On the one hand, you don’t pay taxes but on the other, you are paying a 200-300 per cent markup on most goods.

      And imagine, the fosters of all families behind something like this. KmanKind I guess

      • Big Bobo In West Bay says:

        Don’t worry. One more year like the past one and we goin to be paying income tax, No other way to keep paying all the big salaries of the politicians and all of the civil service.

        The gravy train might be ending next year.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Great. Just save $3.00 now I can buy half a beer.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Wow! That makes up for no income. Not!

  19. Anonymous says:

    This is great.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Face masks and the environment: Preventing the next plastic problem

  21. Anonymous says:

    Face masks etc, etc duty free in the Brac only means more profit for the businesses, duty free are never passed on to the consumers in the Brac. Like when they made gasoline 100 % duty free, the cost for consumers at the pumps went up. No one checks to see that it is passed on.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Looser’s… How about a compensation for all of the income that was taken from us yesterday.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Not paying for masks again out of 1,000 per month – mandating them, government or rich owners of establishments pay for them as they are receiving the reduced duty which will not be passed on to the customer!

  24. Anonymous says:

    Shouldn’t have duty on them in the first place…

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