Kirkconnell: Mushy reopening a primary step

Kirkconnell: Soft reopening a first step

A bus carries new arrivals from the Owen Roberts International airport on day one of Cayman’s new border protocols, Thursday. Photo: Taneos Ramsay

The soft reopening of the borders this week is the first step in a cautious, phased approach to bringing back visitors, Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell said.

He was speaking as five planes were scheduled to touch down in Cayman Thursday bringing 191 passengers to the island on day one of the new protocols.

New categories of travelers, including second home owners and long-stay visitors are now ableĀ  to enter the Cayman Islands.

Inbound passengers need pre-approval from the government and will be tested for COVID-19, as well as face a 14-day mandatory quarantine.

Visitors can isolate at home if they agree to wear a geofencing device that tracks their movements and alerts authorities if they break the conditions of their quarantine.

With those measures in place, Kirkconnell acknowledged there would be no immediate return of traditional…