CNW90 May 27, 2020

With a look at some of the top stories making the news today, May 27 across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida, I’m…for CNW 90.

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To help stop the spread of COVID-19, The Florida Department of Health in Broward County reminds everyone to practice social distancing, wash your hands often with soap and water and cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.

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Coming up in the newscast, Miami Gardens announces the reopening of barbershops and salons, Haiti surpasses 1000 COVID-19 cases and Jamaicans who overstayed their U.S. visa due to COVID-19 will not be penalized.

Now for the news in the detail

Effective today, May 27, Barber Shops, Hair Salons and Nail Shops in Miami Gardens can to re-open under strict operational conditions. Mayor Oliver Gilbert outlined the list of guidelines that businesses are to adhere to. They include but not limited to: no walk-in customers, implementing the wearing of face masks and social distancing orders, limiting the number of customers in-store to ONE person PER SERVICE and encouraging the use of debit or credit cards, paypal or cashapp for payment of services.

Also today, restaurants in Hialeah, Miami and Miami Beach will finally reopen at 50% capacity after being closed since mid-March. Miami Gardens, however, will likely wait until June 1 to reopen their restaurants.

In Caribbean News, since the beginning of the week, Haiti has seen a staggering increase of almost 300 COVID-19 cases to push its national tally over 1000. As of May 26, the island recorded 1063 cases of COVID-19, including 31 deaths. The island has now been classified as the COVID-19 Caribbean hotspot, becoming the first CARICOM country to surpass 1000 cases.

In the meantime, Jamaica’s minister of foreign affairs Kamina Johnson-Smith has assured nationals who overstayed their visa as a result of COVID-19 that they will not be penalized by the U.S. Immigration Department. US Ambassador to Jamaican Donald Tapia indicated to Johnson-Smith that from the date visas expire, visitors are granted an extra six months to stay in the US. Johnson-Smith also assured that for those who applied for an extension, even if they were not successful, they will be pardoned for overstaying in their next visa application.

For more information on these and other stories, visit CNWNETWORK.com. Remember to pick up this week’s copy of our Caribbean National Weekly at your nearest Caribbean – American outlet.

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