Thursday, July 02, 2020

June 8, 2020   GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA) is reminding the business community especially bars and restaurants that they must implement and adhere to the COVID-19 Preventive Measures. Controls of business establishments will be taking place to ensure that they are in compliance with their operational Safety Plan guidelines.

Businesses found not in compliance can face fines. Some of the key measures that businesses have to comply with are face coverings and social distancing measures. 

The COVID-19 Guidelines by the Re-Opening Taskforce of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) can be found at the following link:

Under the aforementioned link, there are also guidelines for the preparation of COVID-19 Prevention and Safety Plans for the Business Community of St. Maarten.

The guidelines cover the following businesses: Supermarkets, Mini Markets and Outlets; Health & Safety Guidelines for Workplaces; Guidelines for Restaurants, Food Vendors and Beach Bars; Daycare Centers and Early Stimulation; Beach Vendors and Beach Goers; Casinos; Churches and religious gatherings (including weddings and funerals); Barbershops, beauty salons and spas; Bars and nightclubs; Indoor activities and recreational centers; Indoor sports facilities (gyms); Cinemas and theatres; Regulated (T-plates) and unregulated transport (G-plates).

Business and services mentioned in the aforementioned categories must submit their operational plans to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for approval prior to re-opening.

Business and establishment owners are urged to monitor the following link regularly to new guidelines that have been added in relation to the reopening of the country:; go to the “State of Emergency Update and Re-opening Guidelines” tab.

NEW YORK (AP) — After voicing support for Woody Allen and criticizing cancel culture, Spike Lee apologized Saturday for words he said were “wrong.” In an interview Friday on the New York radio station WOR 710, Lee called Allen “a great, great filmmaker.” “This cancel thing is not just Woody. And I think that when we look back on it, (we’re) gonna see that, short of killing somebody, I don’t if you can just erase somebody like they never existed. Woody’s a friend of mine,” said Lee. “I know he’s going through it right now.”


NEW YORK (AP) — Gary Phillips, a prize-winning crime novelist from Los Angeles, grew up on TV shows that showed a world nothing like the one he lived in. “I watched them all, ‘Dragnet,’ ‘Adam 12,’ ‘The Wild, Wild West,’ ‘Mannix,’ ‘Cannon,’ ‘Peter Gunn’ reruns and on and on. Now these were white guys and they were tough but fair and even-handed,” he told The Associated Press in a recent email, referring to popular programs mostly from the 1960s and 1970s. “I remember a ‘Dragnet’ episode where tight-ass Joe Friday solved racism among black and white officers in a weekend retreat. But I was a kid growing up in South Central and even then some part of me knew a lot of this was jive. We knew the cops out of Newton and 77th Division policed the ’hood a lot different than shown on TV.”

NEW YORK (AP) — An angry and emotional Dave Chappelle spoke on the killing of George Floyd in a surprise Netflix special, saying America was being punished for its mistreatment of black men. “I don’t mean to get heavy but we got to say something,” said Chappelle, who added that America is enduring “the wrath of God” for a string of police assaults on black men. The special was released Thursday and is streaming free on Netflix’s comedy YouTube channel. It was taken from a show at an outdoor pavilion in Yellow Springs, Ohio, with about 100 attendees on June 6.

Nanci Ryder, a powerful Hollywood publicist and co-founder of BWR Public Relations who became close to such stars as Renée Zellweger and Courteney Cox, died Thursday of Lou Gehrig’s disease in Los Angeles. She was 67. Ryder was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis — or ALS — in 2014. The neurodegenerative disease gradually claimed her ability to walk, talk, eat and move. Her death was announced by publicist Lynda Dorf. Ryder’s clients — including Michael J. Fox, Reese Witherspoon, Viggo Mortensen and Sarah Michelle Gellar — blossomed into close friends. Zellweger thanked Ryder in her best actress acceptance speech when she won the Academy Award for “Judy” earlier this year. Witherspoon called her a “second mother.”