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Security Increased After Quarantine Breach

Security at the government sponsored quarantine facility has been increased following the breach which occurred on Sunday 6 December, 2020. Five additional security officers have been added to monitor the exterior of premises, raising the number of officers providing 24 hour security to sixteen.

Commenting on the enhanced security measures, Dr. Tasha Ebanks-Garcia, Director Travel Cayman, confirmed that a security detail was on property 24 hours a day.

“Prior to the breach security officers were stationed on each floor where there are travellers with one security officer on the outside of each exit. In addition, an RCIPS officer is also on duty at all times and the RCIPS vehicle is parked in front of the facility. Security patrols via patrol vehicle are conducted every 30 minutes and every fifteen minutes there is an interchanging rotation among the security officers. Following a thorough assessment at the property, increased security measures have been introduced and five more officers will now secure the area outside.”

Dr Samuel Williams-Rodriguez, Medical Officer of Health added “I understand there has been some concerns with this latest isolation breach case from the general public and can appreciate those concerns. I would like to remind the public that in all cases, contact tracing takes place and all necessary individuals are contacted. During this process public health officials determine if any further steps are required.

In this particular case, Public Health can confirm that this traveller has been tested. Due to confidentially rights, we cannot share the individual’s status but I would like to reassure the public that in this case there is no longer a public health concern.

The public can rest easy that we will always act promptly and to the highest standards. As always, I want to reiterate the importance of adhering to the policies and guidelines in place for the safety of the public, especially those laws around isolation orders. We must all be accountable for our actions and be responsible for doing our part to protect the wider community,” he added. 

The traveller who is required to complete their isolation period under 24-hour security, per the Public Health Law has now been warned for intended prosecution. The RCIPS is currently investigating the incident and a completed file will be sent to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) for a decision.

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