Jamaican Woman Charged 4 Months Jail Time For Breaching Cayman’s COVID-19 Protocol

A Jamaican woman was given jail time on Tuesday for travelling from Kingston to Grand Cayman last September, even though she was tested positive for COVID-19. 

She was jailed for four months on the charges of breaching COVID-19 entry requirements in the country.

On September 9, 2021, Stephany Clarke arrived at the Owen Roberts International Airport (ORIA) in Grand Cayman after taking a Cayman Airways flight from Kingston. Upon being assessed by the Customs and Border Control officer, her PCR documents revealed a positive result.

Later, the 28-year-old woman and her companion were detained and placed in quarantine, even though her spouse had a negative result.

Similarly, the public health authorities had monitored all the other passengers on the flight as they too were placed in government quarantine.

On Tuesday, a report in the Cayman Compass said during the time the woman arrived, the COVID-19 Suppression and Prevention Regulations required “all inbound travellers to produce a negative COVID-19 PCR result from a test taken within 72 hours prior to their arrival in Grand Cayman”.

It also went on to state that persons who were positive for the virus was not allowed in the country and they would be fined or face two years imprisonment once convicted.

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