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Cayman Compass

Kirkconnell: Soft reopening a first step

What you need to know: Cayman’s border reopening

Cayman commenced its soft border reopening on 1 Oct. with five international inbound flights, three of which were private planes.

According to Cayman Islands Airports Authority stats shared with the Cayman Compass, a total of 191 passengers were expected to touch down on local shores on Thursday alone as government began phase one of its border-reopening plan.

Earlier this week, the Tourism Ministry issued updated protocols for the reopening, widening its safety bubble to allow additional categories of people to enter Cayman.

Previously only Caymanians, permanent residents, work-permit holders and their families could enter Cayman under the phased reopening. Now, residential property owners, those on student visas and relatives of residents (spouses, fiancés, parents, grandparents, siblings) will be allowed entry.

On Thursday, three private flights originating from St. Louis, Missouri; and Naples…