CBAC Statement on COVID-19, March 13 2020

Hayley Palmer

Dear CBAC family,

With yesterday’s press conference by the Cayman Islands government, we thought it important to update you regarding our preparedness with regard to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and to reassure you that we are closely monitoring the situation and its possible impact on our swim community.We will be following the guidance of the government and public health officials and will be taking all necessary precautions to protect our CBAC community, and the wider community. 


With government and public health advice in the US, and around the world, recommending the restriction of large gatherings of people, we believe it prudent for the safety of our swimming community to cancel our Jacksonville travel meet trip this year. We understand there will be disappointment for our swimmers who are training hard but it is paramount that we put everyone’s health and safety first. 

CARIFTA, CCCAN and Synchro World Wide Invitational are all currently scheduled to go ahead. At this stage it is a ‘business as usual’ approach to our training and preparation for these meets. That said, this is a dynamic situation and we will closely monitor the situation and update our decisions and recommendations on a regular basis. Please feel free to talk to the coaches about any concerns you may have.


With the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Cayman, it is important as a community that we remain vigilant and prepared, while staying calm. In prioritising the health of our CBAC family, we ask that you follow these guidelines and discuss relevant ones with your children:

  • Don’t attend training or lessons if you have been in any of the declared high risk countries or regions in the past four weeks; have been in contact with anyone who has been to these areas, or are concerned you have been in contact with anyone that has Coronavirus

  • Please stay home and away from the pool if you are sick, have a cold or flu symptoms. If in any doubt, please err on the side of caution as much as possible

  • At practice, do not share drink bottles

  • Avoid getting closer than six feet to anyone coughing or sneezing 

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing 

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

Practicing high levels of hygiene health are widely considered by health experts to be key in disease prevention and management.

We have been in contact with Camana Bay Sport Complex management with regards to the management of the pool and its facilities. The pool bathrooms have been fitted with new hand sanitizer dispenser and all bathrooms have adequate soap for hand washing. All regular health and safety practices regarding cleaning of equipment, bathrooms and change rooms are being undertaken. This includes regular disinfection and checking of the pool, which is equipped with effective water circulation, filtration, disinfectant, and pH control systems.


With the government’s guidance on large public gatherings, we have taken the decision to postpone this Saturday’s Shamrock Splash. We hope to reschedule the even when we are advised it is safe to do so.

We each have a responsibility to do our part to protect our CBAC community. You will be hearing from us over the coming days as we deal with this issue, and to keep you updated on our plans and any changes that may come up.

We thank everyone for their support. This is a constantly-evolving situation and our community’s safety and well-being is always our top priority


CBAC Coaching Team & Board