Georgia College Student Sentenced to Four Months in Prison for Breaking Cayman Islands’ Coronavirus Protocol

Skylar Mack

An 18-year-old college student from Georgia has been sentenced to four months in prison in the Cayman Islands after breaking the British Caribbean territory’s COVID-19 protocol while visiting her boyfriend for a jet skiing competition, according to her family.

Skylar Mack, a pre-med student at Mercer University, left for the Islands Nov. 27 after testing negative for COVID-19 at home, her grandmother, Jeanne Mack, told CNN.

When Mack landed, she was given another COVID-19 test, which came back negative and she was told to remain in isolation for two weeks. Instead, she decided to attend her boyfriend’s jet ski competition two days later.

“In her mind, as long as she stayed away from everybody, she would be OK to go watch her friend’s race, it was their big national finals race, the last race of the year, big deal,” her grandmother said.

Race attendees, who knew Mack, reported her breach of isolation and officials arrested her.

According to her grandmother, Mack acknowledged in court that she had “screwed up.” She was initially sentenced to 40 hours of community service and ordered to pay a fine to cover her mandatory quarantine accommodation.