Saturday, March 28, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, March 28

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A message from Ambassador Landau (US Ambassador to Mexico) to US tourists & residents in Mexico.

From the City....

Help us prevent coronavirus COVID-19
Follow these measures & take the necessary precautions to avoid catching and spreading it.

Follow these recommendations:
Don't go out if you're sick. If your temperature is 38 or higher, contact the health center/Unidad de salud.
If you're coughing or sneezing:
Use your inner elbow or a disposable tissue.
Wash your hands frequently with soap & water
Stay home if you're sick.

"Stay Home"--This isn't a vacation

Simple & Effective measures to prevent coronavirus--
Don't touch your face, eyes, nose, or mouth with dirty hands.
The maintenance of social isolation helps prevent the virus from propagating. Taking care of our health together.
Social distancing is a more effective preventive measure to avoid the contagion and spread of COVID-19. If you can stay at home do it, don't expose yourself.
From the state Secretary of Health--
Wash your hands frequently with soap & water
Keep your space and commonly used objects clean
If you sneeze or cough, use your inner elbow or a disposable tissue
Don't touch your eyes, nose or mouth with dirty hands.
Don't go out if you're sick and contact a medical center if you have a fever of 38 degrees.
Avoid greeting with handshakes, hugging or kissing.
Maintaining Healthy Distance
Keep a healthy distance to take care of me and to take care of you.
>Keep two or three arm-lengths between people, which is a healthy distancing measure you should be using now.
>When waiting in line, keep a healthy distance
>When conversing, stay a healthy distance from the other person
>At a workplace, stay 2-3 arm-lengths from your coworkers
>Avoid being in an elevator with many people
>When shopping, keep a healthy distance when ordering, receiving and paying for the merchandise.

These are the symptoms of coronavirus--Fever, Coughing & Sneezing, General Discomfort, Headache & Difficult Breathing (in more serious cases).

Beneficiaries of the senior citizen pension program “PENSIÓN PARA EL BIENESTAR DE LOS ADULTOS MAYORES”, will receive their payments at home on Saturday March 28th to avoid gathering this group of people together during this coronavirus situation, which is in Phase Two.

The Isla Mujeres firefighters put out a forest fire on the mainland in Francisco May, near the boundary between the municipality of Isla Mujeres and of Lazaro Cardenas, which involved about 20 hectares, and no danger to inhabitants. Brigades were organized between the firefighters and the villages to try to prevent the fire from spreading, while the continual winds from the east caused the fire to advance toward Lazaro Cardenas and away from the populated area.

TVisla Mujeres    

Surveillance increased in Isla Mujere
      Isla Mujeres Chief of Police, Jaime Ongay Ortiz, said they have increased vehicle patrols all around the island and have increased foot patrols in colonias like "La Salina". He said more video surveillance cameras have been installed at various locations around the island which are monitored by C2 (Control and Command Center) and interconnected with C5 of the state police. He noted that they also have the support of the National Guard throughout the municipality, and everyone should remain calm and be confident that the police are carrying out their work. LINK   

The State government has suspended in-person documentation transactions, which are now only being done online. LINK

From  Por Esto :

Rueda Medina malecon: Nearly deserted   
Malecón Rueda Medina, semivacío

March 27--Few people are arriving by boats to relax on the beaches of Isla Mujeres and at mid-day, the sidewalks of Rueda Medina looked deserted, which is a main street visited by thousands of tourists, normally. Most restaurants were open, despite slow sales, and "Chichis" said they only sold two plates on Thursday, and few others are doing better.
   At 11am on Rueda Medina, a dozen Mexican tourists were seen arriving at North Beach to enjoy the sand and sea. The beach hotels are reporting occupancy rates of five to ten percent, and expect to be completely empty, and some are already vacant since last week. Some managers say they aren't expecting to reopen until the second half of April, if the health contingency is over then.
   Golf cart rental agencies have begun to close their doors and put their vehicles in storage, and to lay off their employees with pay. Some Ultramar employees said they were told to expect a half-salary, in which case they would turn to the federal government to complain.


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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 
 At Sunset--March  9  7:09p (sets 7:07a)
March 10   8:13
March 11   9:17
 March 12  10:20
 March 13   11:22
This is the second of four supermoons for 2020. The Moon will be at its closest approach to the Earth while full, causing it to appear slightly larger and brighter than usual.

 Sunset  6:52-7:02pm (beginning vs end of month)
Sunrise ~7:07-6:40am
Painting by Pamela Haase at MVC
The Events section will resume when there are public events scheduled.

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


The buses operate from 6a to 10p. The overhead digital display indicates whether they're going to the Tourism areas or the Colonias.The bus numbers don't indicate the route, they're numbered 1 thru 10.

The main downtown stops are just south of the Maritime (Ultramar) Terminal & across the street from it. In Centro, the buses stay on Medina, except they turn around near the Convention Center, behind the downtown Mercado. Outside of town, there are no designated stops & you flag them. Exit thru the back door, first pushing the red button nearby so the driver knows to stop.

Pay the driver 38 pesos/$2usd (or $9/175p for an all day pass). The front seats are for seniors, disabled & pregnant women. The 32 passenger buses have air conditioning & security cameras. (State residents pay 10p, INAPAM card holders & local students pay 5p.)  LINK to bus company page on FB.


Route 1 goes down the western side on Rueda Medina and returns northward on the east side via Jesus Martinez Ross. Its west-east transit is Paseo de los Peces in colonia La Gloria.

Route 2 goes down the eastern side on Jesus Martinez Ross and returns northward on the west side via Medina. Its east-west transit is also Paseo Peces.

Routes #1 & #2 aren't exact opposites.
#1 takes J.M. Ross northward all the way from Peces to downtown, traveling thru Salina Chica,
 #2 going southward turns left/east just before Salina Chica, leaving JM Ross & taking the Caribe Coastal road thru Meteorologico. I've heard it turns right/west back into the colonias by Madera Food & Art.


Now the company advises riding #3 to Sac Bajo and #4 to Punta Sur. 

Route 3 goes to Sac Bajo, down the western side of the isle on Medina.
(It was originally advertised as also going to Punta Sur. Then they said it only went to P.S. when that was the destination of passengers aboard, and otherwise after routing thru Sac Bajo it turned east on Paseo Peces & returned via the Caribbean Coastal road, Payo Obispo.)

Route 4 goes to Punta Sur & Garrafon down east side on the Caribbean Coastal road and returning northward on Medina to town.

This isn't a bus route map, it's a street map, showing how Jesus Martinez Ross follows the Caribbean coast until becoming the main street of Salina Chica and going on to La Gloria, while the Caribe Coastal road (aka Payo Obispo) follows the coast. The east-west transit, Paseo de los Peces, is shown, but not labeled, between colonia La Gloria and the Mundaca Hacienda. 

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