Friday, September 25, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, September 25

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 Today the municipality of Isla Mujeres continues to report 194 positives with 13 deaths and 140 recovered.

For 9/24, the state geoportal reports 18 active cases by colonia as: La Gloria-8, Salina Chica-3,  Salina Grande-3, Ampl la Gloria-2, Aeropuerto-1, El Canotal-1, and none on the mainland.
On the national map for 9/24, the municipality reports 3 suspicious and 83 negatives (and 194 confirmed with 13 deaths).


Last night, the Governor explained that to go to the Green status on the Epidemiological Light, the Risk of Contagion must decrease from the current 0.84 to less than 0.5. The other factor is Hospital Availability, which is already in Green. He expressed concern that the Risk of Contagion is increasing in both zones, which must stay below 1 to avoid a return to Orange.
He said this is in everyone's hands and emphasized the importance of respecting preventative hygiene measures (which he listed repeatedly) and of avoiding gatherings at home, which can result in contagion and death. He said the government plans to increase the young "Yellow Hat" volunteers, increase the programs in the colonias identifying areas with more active cases, increase the 'sanitary filters' (checkpoints) at the entrances and departures (of towns) and in the streets, and increase the signage in areas of increased contact. He explained that we are living with the virus and now is the time to be three times more careful because the risk is worse with more people in the streets & more mobility & more tourists.

TRANSLATION OF GRAPHIC-- It says that Gyms & sports clubs in open air are open at 70%, and at 50% in enclosed spaces. Open at 60% are hotels, restaurants, historic sites, theme parks, golf courses and tourism services. Beaches and public parks. Religious Services. Theaters and cinemas. Department Stores. Manufacturing. Realtors. Hair salons & beauty parlors. Open at 50% are conventions and congresses in open air, and at 30% in enclosed spaces. Not open are Schools. Bars, nightclubs, discos, show centers, etc. Maximum Capacity for Transportation (Seats) Motorcycles-1 (This is not enforced in Isla Mujeres), Private vehicles-4, Taxis-3 including the driver (Doesn't appear to be enforced here). Public Transport-50% (This doesn't apply to the ferries). In all activities, continue the measures for sanitary prevention-Wash your hands frequently, wear face masks, healthy distance of 1.5 meters, stay at home if you develop symptoms, strict application of recommendations and guidelines. The top says the Economic reopening will be done in a gradual, orderly and responsible manner. The circles show the Number of Cases Daily and the Average Number of New Cases are Yellow, while the Hospital Availability is Green. A link is given to the complete list of activities. The left column lists essential services that operate at normal capacity including police, legislature, medical services, food suppliers, financial institutions, fishing & farming, construction, warehouses, mining and water purification. Open at 80% are computer vendors and at 75% are administrative, technical, professional, consulting and assessing services.

From the Governor:  it says the Yellow Light means "Caution" Don't rush before it's time. Wear face masks, Only go out if its essential, Maintain distancing of 1.5 meters, and Wash your hands.

The Yellow light is for recuperation of income and jobs, not your social life. Maintain social distance, save your life.

Anti-Rabies Vaccination Campaign this week. Today is the last day and they will be in colonia Guadalupana from 9a to 1p.

Reforestation in the Continental Zone of the municipality of Isla Mujeres

    The street medians of Isla Mujeres, both on the island and in the Continental Zone, have been embellished with native plants such as Chit palms and coconut palms, which are environmentally friendly and maintain the good urban image of the municipality. So far, more than 800 plants of various species have been planted in various areas. On the island, this includes the central medians of Rueda Medina Avenue downtown,  Paseo de las Aves Avenue and Isla Contoy Avenue in colonia La Gloria, among others.  Informational signs have been installed on the medians to promote care of the environment and keeping our municipality clean. 

Isla Mujeres prepares for the second Pueblos Magicos Tiangus Travel Convention

 The second edition of the Pueblos Magicos Tiangus Travel Convention will be held Nov. 26-29 in San Luis Potosi, with both digital and in-person components. The Pueblos Magicos Director in Isla Mujeres, Patricia Punab Medina, said they are awaiting confirmation of the modality, and that they hope to present a tasting of the cuisine of our municipality as has been done in previous years, with great impact upon the authorities and visitors who come to the stand, as well as the artisanal items that are an essential part of our culture.  She said they will work at promoting all our tourism activities, including the new product of bird-watching. She commented that our being the only Pueblo Magico that is an island is undoubtedly an important factor that attracts tourism. 
       She added that this showcase will be of paramount importance to continue boosting the local economic recovery, which has been affected by coronavirus, primarily for island families, who mostly depend on tourism activity.
        She concluded, "This year will be different, the current situation brings new challenges about how to reactivate the economy without neglecting health indications, but, fortunately, Isla Mujeres has followed all protocols to the letter, and now we must continue to work on that point to continue with the recovery of this Pueblo Magico."

When visiting our beaches, remember to maintain healthy distancing

As one of the measures of hygiene and prevention, wash your hands frequently.

From Protección Civil y Bomberos Isla Mujeres

 Yesterday morning's double rainbow....Foto de Sahel Mar Elena


TVisla Mujeres    

Rescue of two people on a Jet ski LINK  

    Naval personnel aboard an IMEMSA-type boat from the local base were on a maritime surveillance patrol in the area known as "La Carbonera" when they noticed to male Mexicans aboard a jet ski that was taking on water. They assisted the people and transferred them and their vehicle to the Naval dock, were they were met by personnel with the Harbor Master for the corresponding procedures. It is noted that the two men were in good health and did not require any medical attention and left on their own. With actions such as these the Navy of Mexico, as the National Maritime Authority and acting as the Coast Guard, reaffirms its commitment to the public about safeguarding human life at sea. 


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Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
 After Sunset--Sept 2 at 7:42
  Sept 3      8:15 
 Sept 4      8:48
Sept 5       9:21
Sept 6       9:54
Sept 7     10:30

 Sunset  7:02-6:35pm (beginning vs end of month)
Sunrise  6:31-6:38am
Painting by Pamela Haase at MVC

Turtles continue nesting in September. They nest along the eastern beaches. Tortugranja staff and volunteers gather the eggs and incubate them in the sand in a pen outside the facility. Three species nest annually in Isla Mujeres, Greens, Loggerheads, and Hawksbills.

Swimming with the whale sharks ends Sept. 17 They congregate and feed on a 'buffet' of plankton and fish eggs from a type of tuna. Rays are also attracted to the feeding areas.  Photo by Tony Garcia

Wednesday, Sept. 16--Independence Day  (The Grito is read by the Mayor each year on the night of the 15th, which will presumably be done virtually this year.)

Sources for Weather Information:
LINK to Civil Protection Q Roo weather bulletin  (Spanish)
LINK to Mexico National Weather Service (Spanish)
 LINK to satellite images for the Mexico National Weather Service
 LINK to GOES East Band 16 GIF (animation)
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres
LINK to NHC   

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