Referendum Day in Cayman Islands in 2019

Referendum Day in Cayman Islands in 2019
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  Dates of Referendum Day in Cayman Islands
2019 Cayman Islands Thu, Dec 19 National Holiday
  Summary
A one-off public holiday intended to allow participation on a referendum on a cargo port facility. The referendum has been delayed, but the holiday will still be observed.

About Referendum Day in the Cayman Islands

Referendum Day will be a public holiday in the Cayman Islands on Thursday December 19th 2019. It was gazetted to enable citizens to participate in a vote on the government’s $200 million cruise berthing and cargo port facility, which Premier Alden McLaughlin announced in October 2019.

Update: the referendum has been delayed, but the public holiday will still be observed. When a new date for the referendum, it is also likely to be a public holiday.

Governor Martyn Roper, using his powers under the Public Holidays Law (2007 Revision), issued the order to proclaim the official holiday for the historic people-initiated referendum.

The public holiday order outlined that, for this year only, “for the purposes of holding a referendum on the matter of whether the Islands should continue to move forward with the building of the cruise berthing and enhanced cargo port facility, 19th December shall be a Public General Holiday”.

While Referendum Day will be a public holiday, licensed bars and similar establishments will be permitted to remain open to minimise disruption during the holiday season, according to a prior government statement.

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