Across the Cayman Islands, all drivers and passengers of public taxis or omnibuses must wear masks or cloth face coverings when providing or using the services. These restrictions are in place under the Prevention, Control, and Suppression of COVID-19 (Partial Lifting of Restrictions), 2021 which came into effect on 21 January 2021.
In the Cayman Islands, any person over the age of ten may or may not wear a mask or face-covering in public. It is recommended, however, for the elderly and persons with compromised immune systems to consider wearing a mask if vulnerable or traveling in public spaces.
If you are indoors in a public place and wish to wear a mask or cloth face covering, you cannot be denied entry by the owner or operator.
It is legally required to wear homemade masks or face coverings in the following locations:
2. Social Distancing
- health care facilities
- a residential home care facility;
- a prison or place of detention;
- an airport
- when in a taxi or an omnibus
Social distancing and attention to hygiene are the best forms of defense against the transmission of COVID-19.
Social distancing is not legally required in public spaces in the Cayman Islands so persons may or may not choose to practice social distancing. It is, however, encouraged to maintain social distancing where possible, especially in public places, if you are in a vulnerable group or visiting with the elderly and persons with compromised immune systems.
Social distancing means staying at least three feet from any other person who is not a member of your household.
It is known to help:
2. Frequent Hand Washing
- Reduce the risk of transmission from persons who may be infected with the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 (whether they are symptomatic or asymptomatic)
- Reduce the number of people who would have to be isolated should anyone subsequently test positive for the COVID-19 virus
- When coupled with social distancing, thorough attention to hygiene by frequent hand washing or sanitizing can help in the prevention and transmission of COVID-19 and other viruses.
- When washing your hands, you should cleanse them thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. If you don’t have immediate access to soap and water, you may also use an alcohol-based sanitizer.
ONBOARD THE VEHICLE
Our drivers are all licensed by the Public Transport Unit (PTU) and follow strict operational guidelines of the PTU and Health Services Authority (HSA) which includes:
- Wearing of Mask
- Routine COVID-19 testing
- Routine health checks
- Maintaining safe distance behind driver partition
- Utilizing personal hand sanitizer and onboard atomizer
- Social distancing when communicating with customers
- Driving with windows opened if weather permits
- Washing and sanitizing hands after assisting customers with luggage and disposing of onboard garbage contents
- Sanitize hands before boarding using our touchless hand sanitizers
- Wear a mask or face covering while traveling onboard unless they are exempt. We reserve the right to deny transporting any passenger who refuses to wear a mask or face covering.
- Sit away from the driver and avoid overcrowding and body contact in the safe practice of social distancing.
- Utilize onboard waste bins with bin-liners for disposal of garbage
Our policy also encourages traveling with open windows when carrying passengers to allow fresh air from outside to enter the vehicle if weather permits. Recirculated air through the vehicle’s ventilation systems is discouraged when transporting passengers.
End of Journey – Payment and Leaving the vehicle:
- We accept cash or contactless payments by Visa/Master cards
- Hands are thoroughly washed and sanitized after handling cash
- Drivers sanitize cashless payment equipment after each use
- Passengers are reminded to wash and sanitize hands thoroughly after the journey
PREPARING VEHICLE FOR NEXT PASSENGER
It is believed that COVID-19 is carried in the air by tiny droplets. Larger droplets can land on touch surfaces while smaller droplets may remain in the air for at least 5 minutes and sometimes longer if there is little to no ventilation.
Between each journey we:
- Clean with our environmentally disinfectant and wipe all parts of the vehicle that may have been touched by operators and/or passengers i.e., door handles, support handrails, payment devices, seats, seat belt and buckles, armrest, backrest, windows, and window openers, seat back adjustment handles, etc.
- Thoroughly sanitize vehicle with the onboard cordless atomizer spray gun and environmentally friendly sanitizer
- Open the doors and windows of the vehicle for at least 5 – 10 minutes to ventilate after cleaning
- Wash hands for at least 20 seconds and sanitize with our personal sanitizer