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Our CoVid-19 information page

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CRESCENT BEACH


(Material quoted from the Cayman Compass and the Cayman Islands Government websites)

26th August 2021

We have added a new page to help you make sense of Cayman's reopening plan for tourists - check it out here. If your state or country has joined the international CommonTrust Network, you are good to go from November 18th 2021.

27th July 2021

The expanded list of systems and countries from which vaccination records can be securely verified now includes:

  • Issuers who use SMART Health Cards and are a part of the CommonTrust Network. This includes North American issuers, such as:
    • Walmart Pharmacy
    • Sam’s Club Pharmacy
    • State of California
    • State of Louisiana
    • UC San Diego Health
    • CVS Health
    • UC Health
  • Vaccination records from EU member states and other countries that meet the EU Digital COVID Certificate standard.

In a statement, the Cayman government said it “anticipates that the approved list will continue to grow as other vaccination issuers develop ways to produce securely verifiable vaccination records”.

If your vaccine is issued by one of the above, and all of the members of your party, then from 14th October 2021 there should be no requirement to quarantine. See below...

10 July 2021

Here is the latest roadmap from the CI Government this week.
  • 14 October 2021
    • Pre-arrival PCR test is required before travel
    • If all members of the group are vaccinated and the vaccination certificate can be securely verified, there will be no quarantine.
    • This means that US needs an accessible system so that Border Control can verify – this seems to be coming along. The UK and Europe have such systems.
    • If your group has unvaccinated children, then quarantine would still apply.
    • To avoid long queues at the airport, airlines will be assigned and will have to stick to a specific arrival timetable which will avoid two or three flights arriving around the same time.
  • 18 November 2021
    • If all adults (12 and over) in the group are vaccinated and the vaccination certificate can be securely verified, children (11 and under) will be allowed to travel andthere will be no quarantine.
    • All other stipulations such as pre-travel PCR testing remain

Here is a link to the CI Government presentation – it is a quick and easy read.

17 June 2021

The Cayman Islands government is reducing quarantine period to 5 days for vaccinated-verified travellers. Unvaccinated travellers will still be required to quarantine for 14 days. Genome sequencing is now available at the Health Services Authority and so it will now be possible to identify the arrival of any COVID-19 variants in Cayman. Government hopes to achieve herd-immunity soon so that it can safely reopen in stages to vaccinated travellers without quarantine. A PCR negative test within 3 days before arrival is still required for all travellers, but arrival testing will cease for the time being. These changes will come into effect 23rd June 2021.

1 June 2021

The Cayman Islands government is considering reducing the quarantine period for vaccinated travellers from 10 days to five days, and making it mandatory for work-permit holders to be inoculated against COVID-19. (Cayman Compass)

9 May 2021

Cayman has a new government. At a mass vaccination event last Saturday, Premier Wayne Panton noted that "reopening the borders depended to a large extent on the COVID and vaccination situation of gateway countries to Cayman, but also on ensuring that as many people as possible on island are vaccinated against the virus." (Cayman Compass) Dr John Lee, Chief Medical Officer, had noted before the vaccination drive: "According to the latest vaccination statistics, 55% of Cayman’s total population – or 67% of those over 16 – have received at least one dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine."

22 March 2021

The mandatory quarantine period is now 10 days for people arriving on island who have been vaccinated at least two weeks beforehand. If travelling with non-vaccinated children, the quarantine period remains at 14 days.

11 March 2021

The mandatory quarantine period will be reduced to 10 days from 22 March, Premier Alden McLaughlin announced Wednesday, as Cayman reached its target of vaccinating 90% of the over-60 population. From 22 March, people arriving on island who have been vaccinated at least two weeks beforehand will only need to be in isolation for 10 days, rather than the current 14 days. Travellers will continue to be required to provide a negative PCR result from a test taken within 72 hours of travel, as well as a negative result from a test taken at the airport upon arrival.

The premier confirmed at the briefing that children will still need to undergo a 14-day quarantine, as currently anyone under the age of 16 cannot get vaccinated. Family members quarantining with the children would also need to remain in isolation for 14 days.

Cayman’s borders remain closed to general tourism. Premier Alden McLaughlin said between 70% and 80% of the entire population would need to be vaccinated before the borders could be fully opened, while keeping other protection protocols in place. He stated Cayman had “a ways to go still, but we’re certainly well on the way”.

Longer-stay guests are receiving approvals to travel from TravelCayman - stays of 3 weeks or longer - and so Crescent Beach has been busy.

As of Tuesday, more than 30% – or 28,997 – of Cayman’s estimated population of 65,000 had received at least one dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, according to health officials. Of those, 9,447 had completed the two-dose course.

While this is a positive step, it really does not resolve 7-day stays for vaccinated travellers – that will only happen in the summer when 70% to 80% of the Cayman population has been vaccinated including children.

A step forward, but not a solution.

24 February 2021

The Cayman Islands are in the top 10 countries worldwide for vaccinating the local population. Premier Alden McLaughlin has said at a press briefing Tuesday that once 70% of the population has received a second dose of the vaccine, people would be able to enter Cayman without quarantining. If Cayman’s COVID-19 vaccination rate continues at its current pace, the islands’ borders could reopen by late April or early May. Click here for the Cayman Compass news story.

1st January 2021

The Cayman Islands government has received the CV19 vaccine and expects to start vaccination of the local population in January 2021. This should not take too long and we hope that government can then start to reduce the restrictions for visitors somewhat.

Crescent Beach is an approved quarantine centre. This means that long-stay guests (21 days and longer), residents taking up work permits, and persons or families joining the Cayman Global Citizen Concierge Programme can apply to travel using the government's TravelCayman website stating that they will quarantine at Crescent Beach - we will provide the necessary booking confirmation. It is necessary to be a long-stay guest since the family must quarantine at Crescent Beach for 16 days on arrival. Naturally, we are happy to help out with shopping while you are under stay-at-home restrictions. You should also NOT rent a vehicle for the period of your quarantine. Use an airport taxi to get to Crescent Beach. We have now hosted four quarantine groups with two more arriving near the end of January including a returning guest family who will complete quarantine and then stay on for a further two weeks.
OUR POLICIES

OUR  CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 POLICIES

Crescent Beach is governed by the rules and regulations of the Cayman Islands government and its Department of Tourism, and by common sense. Here are some of the things that you can do and we will do to keep safe and to respect the health and well-being of others.

Pre-Arrival - Guests

  • Do not travel if any of your party has been exposed to the virus and tested positive in the 14 days prior to your arrival. We will refund your fees.
  • Check the Cayman Islands Government website for travel restrictions and requirements.

Pre-Arrival - Our CoVid-19 activities

  • We are taking the preparation of your apartment very seriously. This involves many activities during the period between prior guest checkout and your check-in, including but not limited to:
    • Cleaning staff must wear gloves and a mask; they may not bring personal belongings apart from a cellphone into the apartment
    • Removal of all bedding and towels from the apartment before cleaning and sanitization
      • All bedding and towels are washed and dried on high heat cycles before ironing and storage
    • Disposal of all food and opened drinks left behind into external roadside garbage bins
    • Cleaning and sanitization of:
      • all hard surfaces including fans, wall switches
      • appliances, including but not limited to, microwave, refrigerator, coffee machine and stove
      • bed matresses
      • carpets and rugs
      • patio and balcony furniture
      • waste bins
      • air conditioning filters
    • Sanitized bed linens and towels are placed into bedrooms
    • Bathroom mats are all replaced with heat-washed mats
    • Sanitized cleaning supplies are placed into the kitchen
    • Quality control checking is then done by Fay Anne or Paul who will also wear gloves and a mask and any adjustnments made
    • Once checks are complete, sanitization of door lock after input of your personal access code

Check-In activities

You cannot check in before 3pm - we need the time to make the environment safe for you after the previous guest family checks out. We will advise you iof you can check in earlier.

Guests for SAND park on the right of the staircase, looking from the road, while guests for SKY park on the left. If you have more than one vehicle, park it near Crescent Beach House - there is plenty of space.

Check-In activities - Quarantining guests

We are vaccinated, and we normally enjoy showing guests around the apartment. However, if you are quarantining, the Cayman Islands government prefers that only guests enter the apartment. You will find the Crescent Beach manual on the kitchen counter - but Crescent Beach is easy to navigate.

Please text or WhatsApp either Paul - 1(345)916-6331 - or Fay Anne - 1(345)925-3807 - when you arrive or call us from the house phone. We are happy to greet you, socially distanced, but cannot enter your apartment during your stay while government restrictions prohibit it.

Guest activities

Please respect the personal space of the guests in the other apartment. Practice social distancing if you strike up a conversation with them.

The pool, games room and home theatre are shared spaces. Here are some guidelines for a safe vacation at Crescent Beach:

  • Home theatre
    • Single family use at a time
    • Wear masks on the way to and from the home theatre if another guest family is in the courtyard or games room
    • Remove masks when inside if you wish
    • Only touch a video you wish to use - better not to browse by removal
    • Hand sanitize before and after touching equipment or objects - santization wipes are provided
    • Wipe chairs before and after use - santization wipes are provided
    • Mist spray bean bags with sanitizer provided
    • Call Paul - 916-6331 - or Fay Anne - 925-3807 on the house phone to book to use the facility
      • We need to ensure it is in a safe condition for you
      • We need to check it after you leave the room
  • Games room
    • Commonsense area!
    • Wear masks on the way to and from the games room if another guest family is in the courtyard
    • Hand sanitize before and after touching equipment or objects - santization wipes are provided
    • Wipe chairs before and after use - santization wipes are provided
    • Mist spray pool table cloth with sanitizer provided after you play pool - wipe down the table edges after use
      • Pool and courtyard
        • Commonsense area!
        • Wear masks on the way to and from the facility if another guest family is in the courtyard
        • Sun loungers are set into two groups - please leave them that way for family distancing purposes
        • Practice social distancing if sharing the pool
          • The two jet seats ar 10 feet apart and seat tow people each
          • The pool is a half circle with a diameter of 10 feet.
        • Leave your towel on your sun lounger - do not leave on the ground
        • Wipe down the sun lounger with santization wipe
      • Garbage disposal
        • There is a pathway to the garbage bins just next to the electricity meter station in front of SAND and SKY.
        • All garbage must be in tightly sealed, undamaged garbage bags. Use the metal ties or the band built into some bags.
        • Do not overfill garbage bags - maximum weight per bag of 25 pounds.
        • Garbage must be in the bins Thursday evening for clearance before dawn on Friday mornings
      • Recycling
        • Place all plastic water bottles, tin and aluminum cans, and glass bottles (except Caybrew) into the recycle bins in front of the SAND entrance.
        • Place Caybrew bottles in their 6-pack container on the floor adjacent to the recycle bins.
        • If a bin is full, please call Paul (916-6331) to take care of it immediately.

      Checkout

      It is important that you check out on time since we will need plenty of time to sanitize before the next guest family. Latest checkout time is 11am.

      Here are the things that you need to do:

      • Place all unused but opened food and beverage items and other personal garbage into garbage bags, securely tie the bags, and then place in the roadside bins.
      • Place all recycling items into the recycle bins in front of the SAND entrance.

      That's it! Our professional cleaners will do the rest.

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