Commissioner of Police Derek Byrne said the curfew would be extended until 1st of May.
The curfew includes a complete lockdown on Sunday 19th of April, and Sunday 26th of April. The overnight lockdown which starts every day at 7pm until 5am will continue. During those hours only essential workers, with written authority, and emergency services are allowed to leave their houses.
The hard curfew includes public beaches. The commissioner said that meant there was to be no activity, such as snorkelling, swimming and walking, on and around public beaches.
Residents will still be allowed to exercise every day, except Sunday, between 5:15am and 6:45pm. However they will no longer be allowed to drive to exercise under the new measures. They are limited to biking, walking or running from their own premises.
The Premier said “It is clear that our suppression efforts are working in restricting the transition of the virus through these islands.,”
He added, “The hope and the plan is that over the course of these next two weeks, with the coming on-stream of aggressive testing we should be in a very good place, being able to understand the degree to which the virus has moved through the community.”
The Cayman Islands has now 61 confirmed cases. This week one additional case of the coronavirus was verified after 54 new test results were revealed. 19 of the coronavirus patients are symptomatic, including four people who are in hospital, one of whom is on a ventilator but said to be improving. Seven patients have been declared fully recovered, which is determined once they receive two negative tests for the coronavirus. A total of 690 people have been tested.