Friday, October 30, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, October 30

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Now formation chance has increased to 70% through 48 hours and remains 80% through 5 days. Shower activity continues to become better organized in association with a tropical wave located over the eastern Caribbean Sea. Conditions are conducive for further development of this system, and a Tropical Depression is likely to form this weekend or early next week as the system moves into the central and western Caribbean Sea. The Governor noted that it is heading toward Central America and currently poses no threat to our coasts, and bears monitoring for its potential development and trajectory. He also mentioned the cold front "norte" that arrived today.  VIDEO  

The state epidemiological light remains in Yellow for both the Northern and Southern Zones for Monday thru Sunday,  November 2-8. In our Northern Zone, the Contagion Risk had a slight increase, reaching 0.98-0.99, because there has been a rebound of cases in recent days. The Governor says there is a very real risk of returning to Orange, which occurs when the Contagion Risk reaches 1. To reach Green, the Contagion Risk must drop below 0.5. He emphasizes the importance of practicing preventative hygiene measures and not letting down your guard.

 The Hospital Availability factor remains in Green in both Zones. In the Southern Zone, The Contagion Risk improved to 0.88. 

The Governor emphasizes that parties and celebrations for Day of the Dead are NOT permitted. He says do not put our health at risk and don't put us at risk of returning to Orange or Red. Don't cause more cases and more deaths. Face masks are mandatory, and protocols need to be strictly followed, which is particularly important in the Northern Zone, because it is very close to returning to Orange. This would cause many more restrictions, lower hotel capacities and affect the economic recovery. He says everyone who is organizing these types of gatherings needs to think better of it, it's not worth it; we are currently in a very complicated moment with this epidemic and we need to be very strict about protocols in order to move forward, and not backward. Celebrations will cause an increase in cases and deaths, and a return to Orange or Red. Discipline and attention are required in regard to protocols and activities.

The C-19 report from Isla Mujeres today is unchanged with a total of 221 positives, 20 deaths and 184 recovered.
Last evening the Governor reported that our Northern Zone would remain in Yellow next week, thru Nov 8th, and he urged everyone to strictly adhere to protocols. He said our Zone's Contagion Rate ha increased to 0.98-0.99, which is concerning because at 1 is where we return to Orange status on the state epidemiological light (and 0.5 is Green). He reminded everyone that gatherings, activities and parties to celebrate Day of the Dead or Halloween are prohibited this weekend, and asked for cooperation with this to prevent more cases, more deaths, and the possibility of moving backwards in our economic recovery.
The state geoportal continues to report 6 active cases by colonia for 10/29 as 1 in Salina Chica, 2 in La Gloria and 3 Downtown.
The Incidence Rates have been updated, with Isla Mujeres improving slightly at 2.56 per 10,000 inhabitants. Tulum is the worst in our Northern Zone at 4.28, Benito Juarez (Cancun) & Puerto Morelos-1.94, Holbox (LC)-1.83, Solidaridad (PDC) 1.72, and Cozumel-1.62.
On the National Map for 10/29, our municipality reports 141 suspicious and 99 negatives.

No "Ley Seca" / Prohibition in Q Roo
Businesses that are authorized to sell alcoholic beverages will continue to be allowed to sell during their regular hours, as allowed by the State Epidemiological light, for Restaurants,Minisupers, Convenience Stores, Major to-go stores. The head of SEFIPLAN (Ministry of Finance & Planning) clarified that these sales are authorized to continue in the eleven municipalities of the state, in accordance with the Yellow color announced by the Governor. The allowed hours have been continued thru November 30th, which for restaurants are Monday to Sunday from 10am to 1am the next day. For the package stores the hours continue to be Monday to Saturday 9a-12a and Sundays 9a-5p. Restrictions continue for bars.
Here's the official press release:

The Mayor says: Friends of Isla Mujeres, by official decree all meetings and public or private parties for the celebration of the Day of the Dead or Halloween are prohibited. We are living in difficult times when we all have suffered the loss of loved ones due to the coronavirus pandemic. We have to join forces to protect our families and the vulnerable population. In a joint effort, we will launch an operation between the National Guard, Municipal Police, COFEPRIS, SEFIPLAN and SATQROO to invite the community to stay at home, and we will take the necessary measures to inhibit meetings/gatherings.
Let's raise awareness and be prudent about the risks posed by crowds or gatherings of people; it depends on the commitment of everyone for the reactivation of our municipality and to continue advancing on the state epidemiological light.


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Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. We provide a list of links & direction to over 20 eateries within ten minutes walk, including Mango Cafe,  Mike's Pizza, Brisas, Rosa Sirena, Coco Jaguar, Manolitos, La Chatita, Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, and the large department store-grocery Chedraui & the local craft brewery.  Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Attend Yoga classes a couple villas away at Casa Ixchel. Fresh juice, produce & tortillas a few blocks away in the village, as well as a variety of other stores.
Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
 Thursday, Oct 1 at 6:49, just after sunset
  Oct 2      7:22 
 Oct 3      7:55
Oct 4       8:29
Oct 5      9:07
Oct 6     9:48

 Sunset  6:34-6:11pm (beginning vs end of month)
Sunrise  6:38-6:49am
Painting by Pamela Haase at MVC

Turtles continue nesting in October.

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. The season officially ends on the 15th, but monitoring continues thru the end of the month. Photos of nest hatching out at MaraVilla Caribe Bed & Beach, that was missed by the Tortugranja patrols.







Oct. 6-10, -Draconid meteors, peaking on evening of Oct. 7, but should be worth watching on the night before and after, also This is an evening meteor shower, that you don't have to stay up late to watch...look before the waning moon rises in mid-to-late evening. It is usually a slow shower with a meteor every 10-15 minutes. But it is known for having 'bursts" of hundreds or thousands of meteors in occasional years, which aren't predicted with any certainty.  "Meteor showers are like fishing. You go, and sometimes you catch something." 

Oct 20-21-22-Orionid meteors peak in the early morning hours. There's more activity after midnight and the maximum amount in the pre-dawn hours of Oct. 20th & 21st . These are "shooting stars" from Halley's Comet & occur from early October to early November as the earth passes thru its debris.

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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