Companies need masks mandate dropped

Cayman News Service

Chamber of Commerce President Shomari Scott

(CNS): Shomari Scott, the President of the Chamber of Commerce, has called on the government to lift the indoor mask mandate for all retail establishments given the high vaccination rates and the relatively low number of hospitalizations as a result of COVID-19. But the number of SARS-CoV-2 infections has been steadily increasing over the last few weeks, with Public Health reporting 177 official new cases on Tuesday and Wednesday. The rolling seven-day average has increased to 60 and there are an estimated 783 people currently in quarantine.

Scott said Chamber members want the mandate dropped to help with the economic recovery process. “‘It is time to move to the next phase of the reopening plan. Removing the indoor mask mandate for businesses and simplifying travel restrictions is the natural next step,” he said.

“At present and based on the science, the level of vaccinations administered in our community and the…