Saturday, January 2, 2021

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, January 2


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On Jan 1st, Isla Mujeres reported five more cases for a total of 242 with 21 deaths and199 recovered. The state geoportal for 12/31 continues to report 2 active cases by colonia, with one in Amp. La Gloria and the other in La Gloria. For 1/1, the national map reports 171 suspicious and 142 negatives. 


      On Monday, the US government began requiring all airline passengers arriving from Britain, including US citizens, to have tested negative within 72 hours of departure. On Wednesday, the CDC & other US agencies had a lengthy call with US airlines discussing expansion of C-19 test requirements for travelers arriving from other countries. A CDC statement said, "Efforts are currently ongoing in the U.S. to assess the risk reduction associated with testing and other recommended preventative measures, determine what a feasible testing regime for air travel may look like, and gain some level of agreement on standards for a harmonized approach to testing for international air travel.” Reuters reports the White House could make a decision as early is next week about adding new countries to the testing requirements, but isn't clear when they would take effect.
      Canada's travel restrictions are among the toughest in the world, with nonessential travelers normally denied entry and a mandated quarantine for citizens returning from abroad. Starting Jan. 7th, all passengers arriving by air (over age 5) need a negative PCR test within 72 hours of departing a foreign country, plus the 14 day quarantine upon arrival. Canada banned flights from the UK thru Jan. 6th (due to concerns about a new C-19 variant potentially being more transmissible.) On Isla Mujeres, PCR tests are available at the laboratory on Juarez south of Super Willy's before 10a weekdays, as far as I know. The city's liaison for Covid prevention is Dra. Xhanat Tze Mora, who also has a private practice here.
       Mexico has health questionnaires and temperature checks, but no testing requirements. This week Q Roo's Governor posted photos of "Yellow Caps" greeting airline passengers with signs in English about maintaining distance & mandatory masking, as well as state Health Dept. personnel in lab coats. In response to a comment recommending arriving travelers have negative test results he wrote: "One of the protocols being put in place is testing for tourists". There is currently an ongoing testing campaign in various municipalities of the state & they administered nearly 10,000 rapid tests between Dec 12-30th.
       Tourism in Q Roo from the US has increased by 23% compared to 2019, which is attributed to the lack of restrictions imposed on Americans compared to many other foreign countries. Tourism from European countries decreased by 70-85% during the first nine months of the year. During that period, our state received less than 10 million visitors, compared to nearly 22 million during that time in 2019.
I'll let you know if/when the Governor readdresses the topic of testing for tourists.

 From the City (Ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres)

Your well-being and that of your family depend on continuing to follow health measure such as the correct use of face masks. 

 There is a crew of 15 workers with ZOFEMAT (Federal Zone agency) who clean North Beach and Playa Centro daily 5am-10am, including collecting trash, raking & sifting the sand, and removing sargasso, to keep the beaches in optimal condition in the New Normality. To avoid reclassification on the state epidemiological light, measures on the beaches to prevent the possible spreading of C-19 will be maintained indefinitely,  so that both residents and visitors who go to the beach will have to follow the regulations for admission.

 The municipal Public Works department has started the year with a program of repairing potholes in both the colonias and the tourism areas. The recent rains caused the streets to suffer some damage and the Mayor has assigned the workers the task of repairing the potholes in response to citizen requests. They are beginning in the tourist areas of Punta Sam and Costa Mujeres on the mainland and as weather permits, they will work in the colonias to repair all the potholes in Isla Mujeres.


 Isla Mujeres closed out 2020 with an economic recuperation that is gradual, orderly and responsible.

    The municipal Director of Tourism, Gustavo Rodriguez Orozco said that the year would close out with a hotel occupancy rate up to 50 percent. He attributed this to the commitment of the state, municipal and business authorities, with the implementation of various health protocols and to the natural beauty of the island, with it high-quality beaches and Pueblo Magico designation.  He said a great effort has been made to maintain a balance of caring for health and economic recovery and measures against coronavirus will continue to be implemented in order to achieve the much-desired green color on the state epidemiological light. He said that in the year that is beginning, the health situation is expected to improve, which would allow for more tourism coming to this destination, but this will only be achieved with everyone's commitment to caring for themselves and others, and complying fully with hygiene habits against the virus. 

Dec 31--Let's celebrate the new year 2021 responsibly, that's the best way to express our love to the family, avoid large gatherings that put our loved ones at risk of covid-19 infection.


 If someone in your household has a case of Covid-19, clean your trash bags with bleach and water and mark them with a red tie.


 TVisla Mujeres 

 VIDEO    The reporter says this is what it looks like in front of the Maritime Terminal today, Jan 2nd, with a great deal of tourism activity...some are returning to their home countries, others are arriving, & generating economic activity in this high season in the midst of a pandemic.

  Noti Isla Mujeres

 VIDEO   showing crowds in front of the Maritime Terminal. The caption says that workers at the Maritime Terminal report that more than 10,000 visitors are arriving daily to this Caribbean vacation destination.

VIDEO  of islanders watching the first sunrise of 2021 at Punta Sur, where the rays of the sun first touch Mexico.


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Full moon rising over the Caribbean  


Full moon Nov 30 Monday 6:28p

Dec 1-Tuesday at 7:15p

Dec 2 Wednesday at 8:06p

Dec 3 Thursday at 9:01p

Dec 4 Friday at 9:58p

 Sunrise 7:08-7:24 (beginning vs end of month)

Sunset 6:04-6:16


Public events have been suspended due to C-19. Holidays have featured online competitions and events. 

The usual Patron Saint festivities from late November until her Día de la Inmaculada Concepcion on December 8th are suspended, but the priest will celebrate a Mass with a holy rosary each day for each of the groups and organizations, according to a schedule.

Saturday, Dec. 12 Dia de Guadalupe, Patron Saint of Mexico

Sunday, Dec 13-14 Peaking of the Geminid meteor shower--This is one of the two best showers of the year (the other is August Perseids). The sky will be dark all night (new moon) & the largest numbers will be visible around 2a (when the radiant point is highest in the sky). But you should see them from mid evening until dawn, weather permitting. There should be a 'smattering' of meters the nights before & after, and it builds to a peak the week before. This shower features meteors that tend to be bold, white and quick, with up to 50-150 per hour when peaking in optimal conditions, like this year's moonless sky. On Dec. 11,12,13, the slender lunar crescent and planet Venus will rise in the eastern sky at or near dawn. 

Posadas Navidenas Dec 16-24 will be suspended along with the decorated Caravans. 

Monday, Dec. 21-Solstice & convergence of Saturn & Jupiter in the SW sky after sunset

Tuesday, Dec 22-Dark predawn hours-Ursid Meteors (active Dec 17-26, much less than Geminids)

Thursday, Dec. 24 Noche Buena--Many families celebrate, so some businesses may close early and the last ferry crossing could be suspended, as well as the first one on Christmas morning. 


Friday, Dec 25- Christmas

Dec 27-Jan 10-Quadrantid meteors, which will peak Jan 2-3, but the moon will interfere. 

Monday, Dec 28-Dia de los Santos Innocentes--Similar to "April Fool's Day"

Thursday, Dec 31-The annual New Year's celebration on the Town Square is cancelled.

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

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