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Next week, July 6-12, our region will continue in the Orange status on the state's epidemiological traffic light. The southern region also remains in Orange..."by their fingernails" (just barely--'by the skin of their teeth'), according to Governor Carlos Joaquin. Beaches won't open until we're upgraded to Yellow.
He said, "Today I confirm to you frankly and clearly that we are at a critical limit point and we must act quickly," "We need to adopt a renewed civic attitude for the new normality," He said that we could lose what we have accomplished, and more seriously, have more patients, and regrettably, more deaths. He complained about many residents being irresponsible and neglecting basic measures. He said that the contagion rate has increased in the municipality of Othon P Blanco (where the capital of Chetumal is located/in the southern region) and they were very close to returning to the red alert phase. He said colonias in Cancun have been identified with a large number of infections, where most people are not wearing face masks nor maintaining healthy distance.
He said in the Villas del Mar neighborhood, there are 40 active cases of Covid, and 2 out of 3 hadn't been wearing face masks or maintaining healthy distance. He said that citizens will soon be able to visit the state website to find the number of active cases, colonia by colonia.
He said, "We need to adopt a renewed civic attitude for the new normal.That is why I called them to build a new social "civism", civismo social based on habits that prioritize hygiene, nutritious food, physical exercise and a responsible and supportive social attitude. He listed the 10 habits--
One. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.
Two. Always wear face masks appropriately.
Three. Keep a healthy distance from the people around you.
Four. Avoid shaking hands, kissing or hugging and don't touch your face.
Five. If you sneeze or cough, cover your mouth with the inside of your elbow or with a disposable tissue.
Six. If you have a cough, sore throat, or fever, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital.
Seven. Have a healthy lifestyle: eat healthy, exercise, have good hygiene and sleep well.
Eight. Disinfect high-contact surfaces and have plenty of ventilation.
Nine. Do not board public transportation if it exceeds the number of people allowed. And report them.
Ten. The vulnerable population must stay at home.
It says the economic reopening will be in a gradual, orderly and responsible manner. On Thursday evenings, in his 8pm video, Quintana Roo Governor Carlos Joaquin, updates the state's Epidemiological Traffic Light for following Monday thru Sunday. Both the southern and northern regions will remain in the Orange status next week This is the graphic for the Northern Region, which includes 7 of the 11 municipalities. The worst of two indicators determines the status, with Hospital Availability in green and New Cases in orange
"Gradual Reactivation of Principal Activities"
Next, the graphic lists the ESSENTIAL businesses which can operate at normal capacity, including public security, legislative activities, hospital & medical services, commercial food distribution such as groceries, tortillerias, etc, banks & financial institutions, fishing & agriculture, construction, storage, laundries, mining, and water purification.
Open at 50% are services that are administrative, professional, scientific & technical, consultant and accounting.
Open at 30% are hotels, restaurants, historical sites, theme parks, golf courses and tourism services. Religious services, theaters & cinemas, commercial centers, department stores, realty agencies, stores selling computers & household goods, beauty salons & barber shops, and manufacturing (various types listed).
Not open are schools, beaches & public parks, gyms, and bars, including night clubs, discos, venues for shows, breweries, pool halls, and bowling alleys, among others.
The maximum capacity of public transport (seats) is: Motorcycles-1, Private vehicles-4, Taxis-3, Public Transport-50%.
With all activities, maintain measures of sanitary prevention: Frequent hand washing, Use of face masks, Healthy distancing of 1.5 meters, Isolation at home with presentation of symptoms, and strict application of recommendations & guidelines.
Yesterday's "reverse sunset" (looking east) and the nearly full moon, from MaraVilla Caribe Bed & Beach.
This notification from the state says that in July, alcohol sales are limited to the regular hours (9a-10p) and cannot be sold before or after that. (In recent months, the state limited sales to 10a-5p, which expired at the end of June. Isla Mujeres had ~3 months when alcohol sales were banned on the island, which was a municipal decision that ended last month.)
Staff from the municipal DIF social service agency participated in the "Isla Mujeres Green & Healthy" program, which includes maintenance for the parks. The parks in colonia Meteorologico and Salina Grande, Las Gaviotas and Las Tortugas, have received maintenance which included pruning, clearing away weeds and brush, and removing litter.
If you visit Isla Mujeres, remember to follow the hygiene measures.
Wash your hands with soap & water, wear face masks when you leave home, use antibacterial gel to disinfect your hands, don't touch your face with dirty hands, maintain distance of 1.5 meters from other people, cover your nose & mouth with your inner elbow or use disposible tissues when you sneeze or cough, avoid greeting with handshakes, hugs or kisses, disinfect utensils and common-use surfaces, stay at home if you have symptoms of a respiratory infection and if you have a fever over 38C (100.4), contact your medical provider. The virus continues to be among us, let's be responsible.
Municipal authorities remind the general public not to let their guard down and to comply with safety and hygiene protocols to avoid new cases of Covid-19. The municipal Covid-19 prevention liaison, Dr. Xhanat Tzé González Mora said, "It is very important that people who are already confirmed, that those who are suspects or those who start to present symptoms, and their families and contacts, avoid going out into the streets, which would help spread the disease to more of us. Today were area asking everyone, to raise awareness, to protect rest of the population and themselves." She pointed out how important it is to continue with hygiene measures like frequent hand washing, the mandatory use of face masks, the use of face shields and/or protective eyewear, maintaining healthy distance, periodically disinfect common areas, and to stay at home unless it is necessary to go out.
La Tertulia has a complaint about the cashiers at Chedraui, with photos of dirty-looking gloves. It says they should be disinfecting between customers and should pay attention to customer complaints and suggestions.
MaraVilla Caribe Bed & Beach
Four rentals with large glass doors overlooking our white
sand beach and
the beautiful Caribbean sea, with
kitchenettes & fast WIFI. In the upscale
neighborhood of Bachilleres,
convenient to downtown
the colonias, yet
separate. Quiet & Private.
|A large slider
opens from each of the 3 rooms onto the patio where each has a table
& chairs, hammock & clotheslines. The BBQ is behind the pole,
and the outdoor shower is out of the pic at left. |
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
| Just after Sunset--July 4 at 7:22 (sun sets 7:33p)|
July 5 8:18
July 6 9:09
July 7 9:53
July 8 10:34
July 9 11:10
Sunset 7:33-7:26pm (beginning vs end of month)
Painting by Pamela Haase at MVC
Swimming with the whale sharks takes place in July, 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
Delta Aquariid meteor showers begin in mid July, peak on July 31-August 1st when there is less interference from moonlight, and continue thru August 23rd.
Lobster fishing resumes in July, until the end of February.
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