Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, April 1

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Sunrise this morning from MaraVilla Caribe B&B

As of 6p on March 31st, there have been a total of 246 suspected cases of Covid-19 in Quintana Roo, whose laboratory results are: 151 negative, 48 under study, and one death with 46 positives of which 5 are hospitalized and 41 are in social isolation. They are 29 men and 17 women, of whom 32 are in Benito Juarez (Cancun), 9 are in Solidaridad (Playa del Carmen), 2 are in Tulum, and 1 each in Cozumel, Bacalar, and OTB (Chetumal). You're reminded to Stay At Home.

VIDEO  message from the Governor of Quintana Roo Carlos Joaquin, about the epidemic of coronavirus in the state, March 31, 2020--(At the bottom of the screen it says Stay at Home>Save Lives>Keep Jobs>Recuperate Tourism)
He says (1) Now, this is a key moment. Healthy Distancing isn't enough, you must stay home. Stay home! Don't go out. Comply with the recommendation of the federal Ministry of Health and stay in your home except for something essential. (2) Then he talks about increased screening of travelers with health questionnaires at the airports and bus stations & monitoring the seven roads where people enter the state. (3) Then about internal screening of movement within the state in coordination with municipal authorities to detect people with symptoms, such as on the road from Cancun to Tulum and at the entrances to cities and he asks for understanding with any inconvenience. (4) Pay attention to official information, which says to stay at home, and don't listen to false news.5) State employees are working from home and staying at home except the essential services like police, civil protection, etc. 5) Essential public services and those businesses that provide them will remain in operation, like gas stations, the water company, etc.
Healthy Distancing is NOT enough, Stay at home! Protect and take care of your parents, your grandparents, your family. Of you, Quintanarooenses (citizens of Q Roo),I'm asking you, Stay at home This is your job. Ours, to save lives, is to maintain trained personnel, clinics, health centers, ventilators and hospitals.. Then he talks about a hospital in Tulum and one in Chetumal being put into service for coronavirus.
Then he talks about working with companies to maintain jobs and plans to defend the rights of workers and to apply the laws which protect them, that they are not alone and will be assisted. He says for those who can't pay their CFE,(electric) bill, there will be a deferral of payment, that services won't be cut off. He is also grateful for agreements with companies who provide internet, TV and cell phone service who have agreed not to cut services to customers during this time.
He says on the issue of food assistance, in coordination with other governmental entities, they will provide food, house by house, with special attention to those who have lost their jobs or have no income. There will be food for your family to eat.
On the issue of security, they are working against crimes including frauds and vandalism, and monitoring more than 2000 security cameras, and there are increased patrols, with a program of Maximum Presence.
We are listening to you and responding. We are implementing measures against this epidemic. We are working with the experts without politics. These are very complicated times..he makes more reassurances & says together we will move forward.

From the City....

To avoid virus contagion it is very important to follow these measures: wash your hands frequently 🙌🏻 and not touch your face, which are effective recommendations to help take care of you.

A 63 year-old American was arrested by the municipal police, after an attendant at the downtown gas station requested their intervention, saying the foreigner  spit and mockingly coughed in his face, after the employee prevented him for going down the pier. The Police chief, Jaime Ongay Ortiz, said they will follow protocols associated with the Covid-19 pandemic to rule out that that the accused could be a carrier. The chief said, "We will not allow locals nor visitors to disturb the public order, nor to violate the health of the citizenry; we are in a health situation and we must be careful at all times, and above all comply with the recommendations of the health authorities."

Staff with the municipal Department of Civil Protection and the Firefighters will continue patrolling and monitoring public places to urge everyone to stay in their homes as a preventative measure in accordance with the recommendations of all three levels of government, in response to the situation caused by the coronavirus. The Mayor is increasing measure to preserve public health in Isla Mujeres.
   Staff have toured public places, including the beaches known as Media Luna, Acapulquito and Pet Friendly and advised locals to leave and return to their homes. He said, "We are requesting that everyone stay in their homes, it's not a vacation, if we all do our part, soon we will be able to enjoy the goodness offered by our island".

Pastries donated by Chedraui were distributed house-to-house to about 50 senior citizens,  who normally are normally go to the National Institute of Seniors (INAPAM),.

TVisla Mujeres    
The Mayor said there have been three suspected cases of coronavirus in Isla Mujeres, which all tested negative. He emphasized that there have been no positive cases in Isla Mujeres, so far. He said it is extremely important to take the Governor's recommendations seriously, noting, "It is important not to leave your houses". The Governor has also announced stricter measures of social distancing.
   The Mayor said that although safe distancing and restrictive measures continue to be taken, some suspicious cases presented themselves who needed evaluating.. 

   Noti Isla Mujeres     

VIDEO whose caption says Personnel with the Department of Civil Protection & Firefighters and municipal police officers are stationed outside the ferry terminal urging visitors and Islanders not to be on the streets and beaches of the island.

From  Por Esto :

Hotel occupancy is nearly zero   link  
Hotel occupancy has not reached zero because there the MIA hotel that has 17 room occupied, however 79 of 80 hotels in the municipality have closed their doors, representing a total of 7604 rooms, of which 7587 remain vacant, according to the Director of Tourism, Gustavo Rodriguez Orozco. The MIA plans to temporarily close its doors after the departure of the last guests who are currently staying there.
  Mr Rodriguez said there are 69 hotels on the island with 1781 rooms, and there are 11 lodging centers in the Continental Zone with a total of 5823 rooms, all of which are closed to tourists.
   He said, "Ninety percent of businesses are closed, the beaches are empty, the Easter season is already lost and we do not know how long it will be before we are free of this virus. All  ofthis will affect the local economy, which is why this is a crucial moment; if we stay at home and follow the recommendations, there will be fewer infections and it will be more difficult for health services to be overwhelmed, so it is important to only go out if it is necessary.


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Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
 At Sunset--April 7  6:54p (sets 7:04p)
April 8     7:59  
April 9     9:04
 April 10   10:08
April 11    11:11
 Sunset  7:02-7:12pm (beginning vs end of month)
Sunrise  6:40--6:17am
Painting by Pamela Haase at MVC

     This year, the nearly new crescent moon won't interfere, and you may see as many as 18 meteors per hour, at the peak. Occasionally, this shower produces 'fireballs' (exceptionally bright meteors) and about a quarter of Lyrid meteors leave persistent trails of ionized gas that glow for a few seconds. 
       The "shooting stars" will be more frequent in the pre-dawn hours, when the radiant point is highest in the sky. Look over the Caribbean, toward the northeastern horizon, but don't worry if you don't identify the radiant point (near the star Vega)--they can be seen in all parts of the night sky. (The radiant point is where they appear to originate.)

    Watch in the pre-dawn hours of April 20, 21 & 22 (Mon-Wed).  They'll peak in the pre-dawn hours of Wednesday, April 22. There may be some early on Thursday. You can also see three planets in the pre-dawn sky--Jupiter, Saturn & Mars, in the southeast. 
    There are records of this shower that go back some 2700 years, when the Chinese are said to have observed the Lyrid meteors "falling like rain" in 687 BC. The Lyrids are known for their occasional "outbursts", and observers have seen around 100 per hour in the US (1982), Japan (1945), and Greece (1922), with no predictions for this occurring this year.  
   The meteors are the debris of a comet (Thatcher) that takes 415 years to orbit the sun. They burn up in our atmosphere, about 60 miles up, while the star Vega is just a reference point and unconnected--it's trillions of times farther away. 

 HERE is an interactive sky map showing the position of the radiant (where the meteors appear to originate) in the sky above Isla Mujeres throughout the night & predawn. (Scroll forward to 10p+ when the radiant & Vega begin rising here.) You can change the date & location.

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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