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Cayman Islands closes to new arrivals

Cayman Islands closes to new arrivals

| 20/03/2020 | 22 Comments

(CNS): Owen Roberts International Airport closed to new arrivals on Thursday, as preparation began for the three-week border shutdown in an effort to keep the COVID-19 pandemic at bay. Customs and Border Control said that from today (Friday, 20 March) only Caymanians, residents, essential personnel and those with connections to Cayman arriving on flights from […]

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Work permit holders may become stranded

Work permit holders may become stranded

| 18/03/2020 | 166 Comments

(CNS): The premier has said it is possible that government will have to accommodate and support stranded, jobless work permit holders, who may find it very difficult to get flights home as COVID-19 takes hold around the world. While Cayman Airways has said it has the capacity to get people home to Jamaica, Miami and […]

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Princess deals another blow to cruise ports

Princess deals another blow to cruise ports

| 12/03/2020 | 73 Comments

(CNS): Princess Cruises issued a statement Thursday morning that it was cancelling all of its cruises around the world until 10 May in the face of the global outbreak of COVID-19, a move that will further batter the Cayman Islands’ short-term, and possibly long-term, tourism outlook. At the public meeting on the coronavirus situation Tuesday […]

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Sick cruisers don’t have COVID-19, officials say

Sick cruisers don’t have COVID-19, officials say

| 09/03/2020 | 14 Comments

(CNS) UPDATED: After news from government Monday morning that a cruise ship had anchored in George Town to offload two critically ill patients with issues that appear unrelated to the COVID-19 outbreak, so they could be airlifted to the US, it has now said one of those patients has stayed in Cayman. The person who […]

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Cruise sector receives another serious blow

Cruise sector receives another serious blow

| 09/03/2020 | 28 Comments

(CNS): As the cruise tourism business becomes increasingly associated with the spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, the sector has sustained another blow likely to effect its bottom line. The United States government has issued a travel warning advising American citizens not to travel on cruise ships, especially if they have underlying health conditions. The […]

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2020 arrivals off to flying start

2020 arrivals off to flying start

| 05/03/2020 | 22 Comments

(CNS): Following the most successful year in the history of Cayman Islands tourism last year, 2020 got off to a flying start, although this may be curtailed as the spread of coronavirus impacts the tourism and travel industries worldwide. January was another record breaking month for overnight guests, which follows 2019, a year that broke […]

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CIG denies clash with Carnival, as ships bypass Cayman

CIG denies clash with Carnival, as ships bypass Cayman

| 04/03/2020 | 70 Comments

(CNS): The Ministry of Tourism has offered no explanation as to why two Carnival ships bumped Grand Cayman off their itineraries this week. The Carnival Freedom, which carries around 3,000 passenger, was scheduled to arrive Thursday and the Carnival Horizon, which carries 4,000 passengers, should be calling today, Wednesday, but instead have been diverted to […]

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OECD warns of global economic slump due to COVID-19

OECD warns of global economic slump due to COVID-19

| 02/03/2020 | 45 Comments

(CNS): The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development is warning governments that the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, could cause significant economic disruption, with travel and tourism included as industries that will be most affected. More than 90,000 people have now been infected with COVID-19 globally and about half of them have recovered. More than 3,000 people […]

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Ship turned away by Cayman amid coronavirus fears

Ship turned away by Cayman amid coronavirus fears

| 25/02/2020 | 106 Comments

(CNS): One of the six cruise ships scheduled to visit Grand Cayman on Wednesday has been denied entry because a crew member on board with a travel history to a country with cases of the COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus) had symptoms associated with the disease and had been placed in isolation on the ship. The […]

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Cruises disrupted by disease outbreak

Cruises disrupted by disease outbreak

| 12/02/2020 | 16 Comments

(CNS): While one of Princess Cruise Line’s ships is stuck in quarantine at the Japanese port of Yokohama following an outbreak of the novel coronavirus on board, another ship in its fleet is heading back to the US, having been denied entry into Trinidad and Tobago after more than 350 passengers began suffering with a […]

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Thousands of cruise ship passengers quarantined

Thousands of cruise ship passengers quarantined

| 10/02/2020 | 15 Comments

(CNS): The outbreak the novel coronavus (2019-nCoV) continues to significantly affect the cruise ship industry. In the port city of Yokohama, Japan, the number of confirmed cases on board the Diamond Princess, owned by Princess Cruises, jumped from from 70 to 130 Monday, giving the ship the highest concentration of coronavirus cases outside of China.

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We have created a new system to help us address questions we receive from the public for the press briefings. We are getting hundreds every day and it’s impossible to read and deal with them while the PB is in process as there are a lot of moving parts to being able to do the Zoom meeting, take notes and respond to their info in real time.

So we are asking people to send their questions each day BEFORE NOON to: covid-questions@caymannewsservice.com

This will give us a chance to read, sort and consolidate the questions so that we get to the issues that people are most concerned about.

Thanks for your help. In the meantime the ones you have sent will be sorted and collated.