Monday, June 8, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, June 8

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Sunday afternoon, the Governor updated the state's Traffic Light again, saying this version of the map will be in effect June 8-14, while adding that there will be on update on Thursday. Our northern region opens Monday, June 8 in ORANGE. The breakdown says beaches don't open until the Yellow phase, when they open at 60%. LINK   

At Friday night's National Press Conference, Dr. Cortes Alcala explained the Federal Traffic Light system, noting that every state is currently in the Red category. The map also shows each state's trend in hospitalizations, which is stable for Quintana Roo. He said this means there is a probability that it will gradually transition to orange, then yellow, until the state has recovered.
NOTE--This NATIONAL Traffic light is superseded by the STATE traffic light, in which Tourism is considered an essential activity & can begin on Monday, in a restricted manner. The state has very different policies about hotels, restaurants, and other tourism-related businesses vs the national traffic light, since decisions were placed in the hands of the Governors & Mayors last week.
Dr. Cortes Alcala went on to explain the four indicators that determine what color is assigned to each state, noting that if any one indicator is red, the state will be red. Two indicators are percentages-hospital occupancy & percentage of tests that are positive. The other two are trends-whether hospital cases are increasing, stable or decreasing and the trend of "Covid syndrome". The latter includes all registered cases that appear to be Covid, regardless of whether their clinical status is mild or severe. (
He also said we should remember to stay home because the Traffic Light is in red, but he recommended going out for a little exercise, while maintaining healthy distance, and then staying home. And of course, he recommended the other measures of hand washing, covering sneezes & coughs, and staying home if you're sick.

The municipality of Isla Mujeres continues to report a total of 19 cases with 2 deaths and 11 recovered, leaving 6 active cases.

On these graphs, Week 1 begins with the first confirmed case in Quintana Roo, which occurred in Cancun on Friday, March 13. Nationally, the first confirmed case in Mexico was Feb. 28th.

June 5-   VIDEO of breakers   Photos (from MaraVilla Caribe)--Nesting turtle who did a U turn, sargasso strewn by the storm on the neighbor's side of the beach, and big breakers...we're on the edge of Tropical Depression Cristobal & all's well.  The vehicle ferry crossings were suspended in the morning and the passenger ferry was suspended at 11am due to the waves in the Bay.

June 7 (Mayor's page) We need to be ready when the state Traffic Light allows recreational nautical activities, so we held a meeting with the Whale Shark Licensees. The New Normality requires changes in ways of operating and functioning, for the good of all.

June 7 With the gradual start of the "New Normality", preventative and containment actions continue, to preserve the health of island families. Sanitation of Public Transport continues at the beginning and end of each shift, and passengers are required to wear face masks and to maintain healthy distance.
     There are a reduced number of 'runs' and bus service is suspended on Saturday and Sunday. Vehicle capacities.are reduced up to 50 percent, including private vehicles. Taxis are limited to 2 passengers plus the driver for a total of three people. Residents are reminded to do their part and follow preventative measures, always caring the most for those who are vulnerable. The Director of the municipal Transport Department, Mario Carrillo, said, "It is important that the population do their part to prevent the spread of the virus, who must respect protocols, not only in transport, but everywhere, for the sake of all".

June 5--Civil Protection were working to prepare forTropical Depression (then Tropical Storm) Cristobal and the Mayor toured the island with them.  VIDEO  
June 5 Video message from Civil Protection about Tropical Depression Cristobal

June 4 "There was no flooding, thanks to the prevention work"

There are infographics about preventing Covid-19, and about municipal fiscal stimulus

 Cleaning up after Cristobal--From the page of the municipal Director of Civil Protection (Merced Ortiz)

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Isla Mujeres hotels could start receiving guests on Monday, June 8
      As planned, on Monday, June 8, several hotels will return to operation, both in the Continental Zone and on the island, as confirmed by Gustavo Rodríguez Orozco, the municipal Director of Tourism.
     The official said several lodging centers began to organize on June 1st in order to be ready on Monday, June 8, when the orange traffic light activates for the entire northern area of ​​Quintana Roo.
        Among the essential activities are fishing, livestock, general grocery, tortillerías, butchers, bakeries, banks and hotels, among others.
     The Director of Tourism confirmed that there has already been coordination with the Departments of Civil Protection and tourism may begin to arrive as long as they have a reservation with one of the hotels already in operation.
        Among the hotels (in the Continental Zone) that have confirmed their start this Monday are the Excellence Playa Mujeres (450 rooms), the Beloved Playa Mujeres hotel (106 rooms); the Finest Playa Mujeres (450 rooms); Atelier Playa Mujeres (435 rooms); Riu Dunamar (740 rooms).
    On the island are the Posada del Mar, Ixchel, Izla, Palace, MIA and Belo. LINK  

June 8  There were 24 hours without any deaths reported from Covid 19 in Quintana Roo. There were 18 new cases. LINK 

Photos from Saturday--cleaning up after TS Cristobal

For the record...

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VIDEO from Saturday of a tree down on Hidalgo from Tropical Storm Cristobal

June 6- VIDEO of women with the ZOFEMAT department removing sargasso from North Beach 

June 6-VIDEO--The Director of Civil Protection saying there was a "Saldo Blanco" (no significant problems. lit-"White Balance") after Tropical Storm Cristobal, which caused eight trees to fall, without any significant structural damage to homes. He said they began preparations 48 hours in advance with " Operation Storm Cristobal", and they continue to monitor the lake levels. Only three cables fell, which received attention, there was no flooding, but the gusting winds from the south at up to 74kph caused some objects to be blown from roofs, such as water tank covers.

June 6  VIDEO of large puddle by the fishermen's monument 

June 6- Photo of closure seals being removed from the OXXO store on Hidalgo after payment of their fine, with captions saying--Director of Control Ulises Berman pointed out. "The staff of the Department of Fiscalization/Control are are taking tours in an ongoing manner to verify that shops respect the established sales schedules, and thus avoid agglomerations that may present a danger of contagion. Establishments who fail to comply with these restrictions will immediately be closed."

Erosion caused this palm on North Beach to fall, but people who work nearby have replanted it farther from the water. VIDEO 

From  Por Esto :

First beaches to open

By Ovidio López

ISLA MUJERES, June 7.- Due to their safe condition, the beaches of Isla Mujeres will be the first to reopen. The lifeguards were summoned to report to work starting this Monday, just at the time to begin repairing several sections of buoys that were destroyed at Playa Norte.

     Diana Martínez, president of the Citizen Committee of Pueblos Magicos, agreed with the municipal authorities that the beaches of Isla Mujeres provide a lot of safety for swimmers and sunbathers and that their use in the "New Normality" will have to be with social distancing.
   According to the list of reopening activities of the government of Quintana Roo as of this Monday 8, the case of public beaches does not appear, but would be (upcoming) on Monday 15, that is, the next one. (NOTE--See the list the state released yesterday, above, which says beaches open in the Yellow phase at 60% capacity and are closed in Orange and Red. It also says our Northern Region is in Orange. The graphic says it is from June 8-14, but the Governor said there will be a color update on Thursday.) As for hotels, restaurants and shops, they will begin to operate with 30 percent of the workforce. (NOTE-The number of tables is also reduced.)
       Regarding the call for lifeguards to report to their work starting this Monday, some respondents confirmed that they have already gone to verify the condition of the beaches and indicated that they saw damage to several sections of buoys at Playa Norte, by Nah-balam, La Palapa and Chichis; and Playa Centro also suffered a breakage by the (Privilege) Aluxes hotel, so they will need to be given maintenance on Monday (today) by Civil Protection and the Port Authority.

    Pieces of the buoy line washed up at different points along the beaches and part of the chores of the lifeguards on Monday will be renewing the affected sections, to have the beaches in good condition when their reopening is authorized.  
    Some sectors of Isla Mujeres society call for the beaches to be reopened for the orderly use of local people later this week, before the arrival of tourism. This issue is being evaluated by the municipal authority, according to data collected.
       For their part, the personnel of ZOFEMAT (Federal Terrestrial Maritime Zone) have already begun to draw lines in Playa Centro to subdivide the public space in order to guarantee social distancing and avoid crowds, according to data obtained. The same procedure will be carried out on Playa Norte, in coordination with federal zone dealers. The arrival of large groups will not be allowed.
      Playa Centro, received the brunt of the force from Tropical Storm "Cristóbal", because it lost about three meters of sand, the greatest erosion was at its northern section, where it adjoins Playa Norte, there you could see the loss of 15 to 20 meters of sand. The area  in front of the end of Hidalgo avenue was also affected.

There was a teo hour interruption in electricity on Friday just before 6am, presumably associated with the strong winds from "Cristobal", and three short outages of several minutes each. There were no fallen poles. The ferries were suspended to Puerto Juarez and Punta Sam.

June 6 - The personnel of the hotels, restaurants and shops of Isla Mujeres have been training to comply with health security protocols so that customers can have the guarantee of their use, reported Juan Carrillo Figueroa, president of the Chamber of Commerce.
     In the preparations for reopening the establishments, he said, each one has the necessary disinfection equipment, sinks have been placed at the entrances of the buildings, “sanitizing” mats have been installed, enough soap is provided in bathrooms, with gel at different points.
    During the past week, most businesses such as hotels, restaurants and shops prepared to reopen. which is expected to occur at 30 percent.  The businessman said, “Our potential travelers do not all have the same economic strength as a few months ago. Those who travel depend on their jobs and businesses. We are optimistic and aware of the global situation. "
     Regarding the offer of preferential loans with an annual rate of less than 10 percent, he explained that some cannot meet the requirements, such as not being in a credit bureau, not having debt, being up to date with their tax payments to all three levels of government, being solvent to pay the payroll and obviously the payment of the loan.  Some do not want to get into debt, although some lenders managed by the Quintana Roo government do not ask for a mortgage. For those who qualified, he estimates that the loans would arrive in mid-June.
      There are 50 hotels in the municipality of Isla Mujeres who are on the opening list, both large and small. They have signs promoting of healthy distance. Employees sanitize each space, reception, lobby, bars, rooms, pools, lounge chairs and other points of interest of each property.

On Saturday, the winds abated and City workers cleaned up the fallen branches and repaired 34  lights affected by TS Cristobal.  The ten ferry crossings daily were resumed to Puerto Juarez, which had been suspended on Friday. Cargo service to Punta Sam also resumed. The port remained closed for small boats, although the fishermen were allowed to go out to fish.  it is also noted that there are many cats available for adoption, that a few days ago a cat was killed by a group of dogs, and there have been dogs who died from poisoning, according to Serena Fronzoni, who volunteers with the vet Dr. Delfino.


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Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
 Just after Sunset--June 5  7:36 (sun sets 7:27p)
  June 6      8:38 
 June 7      9:37
June 8     10:30
June 9    11:17

 Sunset  7:25-7:33pm (beginning vs end of month)
Sunrise  6:05--6:09am
Painting by Pamela Haase at MVC
Turtles continue mating and nesting in June. They can be observed mating offshore from Punta Sur during this month, and 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, and very rarely, a Leatherback will attempt to nest, but generally the sand isn't sufficiently deep.

The season for swimming with the whale sharks normally takes place during June, which ends annually in mid-September. 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

In June, there are fishing bans on Lobster (fishing resumes July 1st), Octopus (resumes Aug.1), Shrimp (resumes Oct. 15), conch (reusmes Nov.1) and shark.

Monday, June 1 Dia de Marina / Naval Day 

Friday, June 5 World Environmental Day

Monday, June 8 World Oceans Day

Saturday, June 20 Summer Solstice

Sunday, June 21 is Father's Day 

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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