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Miami wedding season continues but with precautions

When it comes to Miami winter weddings, some couples have decided that the show must go on.

Despite warnings against holiday travel issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, Miami hotels say many couples are going ahead with December wedding plans. Most events are smaller than in years past, hotels say, and come with a host of new requirements — masks, social distancing — that public health experts say can help mitigate the risk of infection.

“Success is that our guests come and we are following the protocols and the guidelines to ensure that the safety element is there

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Miami Beach hospitality sector gets COVID contact tracers

Hotels, restaurants and cultural institutions in Miami Beach will now have a dedicated team of contact tracers available to investigate new cases of COVID-19 in the city’s hospitality sector.

The seven-person “strike team” of Florida Department of Health contact tracers was announced Tuesday as part of the city’s new Race to Trace program, funded by a $455,000 grant by The Rockefeller Foundation.

The contact tracers, who work for the state, will be assigned to investigate new coronavirus cases among employees at participating Miami Beach businesses. They will contact employees who test positive for the novel coronavirus and trace their recent

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Miami hotels expect busy Thanksgiving week

Miami hotels are expecting an influx of visitors this week that will bring their occupancy rates to the highest level since the COVID-19 pandemic torpedoed the tourism industry in March.

Traditionally Thanksgiving week has been a highlight for Miami-Dade hotels, as tourists escape from cooling temperatures elsewhere. This year, amid the pandemic, some hotels still expect to sell out thanks to an influx of visitors from the Northeast and Florida, despite a warning from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to avoid traveling for the holiday.

“We are excited,” said Cynthia Boyett, director of sales and marketing

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Miami Beach resident known for his charity and passion for sports

This story is part of an ongoing Miami Herald series chronicling the lives of South Florida COVID-19 victims.

This past February at the Bagel Time Cafe in Miami Beach, Seymour Schreck spent his 86th birthday making sure everyone in attendance was seated and enjoying the food.

Throughout his life, he was more concerned about others’ needs than his own, said friends and family. Despite an arduous two-year battle with cancer, he almost never complained.

Born in Manhattan’s Lower East Side in 1934, he moved to Miami with his parents in the 1950s. He worked for years as an operations manager

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