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Coming up in the newscast, Broward County announces the reopening of gyms, hotels and beaches, Trinidad temporarily opens its borders to citizens and Jamaican-born basketball legend Patrick Ewing has COVID-19.

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Broward County officials have announced the reopening of beaches, commercial gyms and fitness centers, hotels and other commercial lodgings, with restrictions, on Tuesday, May 26. As per the new order, all beaches can open from sunrise to sunset however picnicking, sunbathing, sitting or lying on the beach is not allowed. Group activities and sports on the beaches are also not permitted. County hotels and all other commercial lodging establishments can open with adherence to CDC guidelines while vacation rentals can only reopen to essential lodgers.

In similar fashion, beaches and hotels across Miami-Dade county will also reopen on June 1.

In Caribbean News, The Trinidad and Tobago government has temporarily reopened its borders to allow almost 60 nationals stranded on cruise liners to come into the country. The first six nationals arrived on the island on Saturday with another 53 citizens to arrive today. All returning residents will be tested and subject to state quarantine arrangements for 14 days. The government said it is still establishing protocol to bring home hundreds of other nationals stuck on other cruise ships and thousands still stuck overseas.

In the meantime, Jamaican culture was on display for the world to see during the online clash between dancehall veterans Beenie Man and Bounty Killer on Saturday. The deejays were part of the Verzuz music battle series created by American Record Producers Swizz Beats and Timbaland on Instagram. The battle between the old rivals received a record-breaking 3.7 million viewers across all platforms. The audience included a host of celebrities including Rihanna, Gabrielle Union, Diddy, Idris Elba and even Jamaica’s prime minister Andrew Holness. Both deejays were trending on social media and have seen a huge spike in their music streams since the clash.

In Sports News, Jamaican-born basketball hall of famer Patrick Ewing reveled that he has tested positive for COVID-19. Ewing, the current coach of Georgetown University’s basketball team, said that he has been isolated at a hospital and is the only person in the basketball program to have tested positive for the virus. The basketball legend, who was born in Kingston, played most of his career at the New York Knicks but also played briefly with the Seattle SuperSonics and Orlando Magic. He is a two-time inductee into the Basketball Hall of Fame and a U.S. Olympic Hall of Famer.

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