Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, December 23

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Today Isla Mujeres reports another case of C-19 for a total of 234 cases of C-19 with 20 deaths and 197 recovered. The state geoportal for 12/23 continues to report 2 active cases by colonia, with one in Amp. La Gloria and the other in La Gloria. On the national map for 12/22, Isla Mujeres continues to report 171 suspicious and 136 negatives.

A manatee was seen in recent weeks near Punta Sam, and now near the area of the Isla Mujeres lancheros (small boat-owners). There are concerns it may be injured, and personnel from Dolphin Discovery are trying to locate it. (Screen shot from video posted by IM Noticias)

 From the City (Ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres)

 The latest round of the fumigation schedule against the mosquito that causes dengue, zika and chikungunya was completed on December 23rd, including both the mainland and the island parts of the municipality of Isla Mujeres, by the state workers of Jurisdiction Number Two.  They have covered Francisco May and Rancho Viejo in the Continental Zone, as well as the island, on three occasions in the past six weeks when this program was conducted from November 16 to December 23, with the aim of reaching every colonia in the municipality. The municipal Secretary General, Miriam Trejo Leon, reminded residents that it is important to avoid having breeding areas on roofs or in yards and patios. She noted it was necessary for island families to open their doors and windows during the spraying to help this work be effective.

At-risk groups--Those with Diabetes, hypertension, over age 60, obesity, chronic renal insufficiency, or pregnant. 


 In Isla Mujeres, volunteers with the "Yellow Caps" social liaison program continue to reinforce measures for the prevention of increased cases of Covid-19.(VIDEO

Avoid touching in-common use surfaces

Isla Mujeres continues to recover its hotel occupancy rates

    Hotel occupancy is between 40 and 50 percent according to the municipal Director of Tourism, Gustavo Rodriguez Orozco, who noted that although these are difficult times for the tourism industry, the business sector is committed to taking care of the health of visitors and island families. He said, "Without question we are facing a new challenge with this pandemic and new ways of tourism, but if anything characterizes those of us who live in Isla Mujeres, it is knowing how to face these adversities together, and this is what we are doing; the restaurateurs and hoteliers are complying with sanitary measures, and as a municipality we should not let our down our guard." 

       He said it is necessary to strengthen the application of sanitary measures such as the correct use of face masks, maintaining healthy distance and avoiding agglomerations. Thanks to coordinated work between the municipal government and the business sector in response to the health contingency caused by the coronavirus, the economic recovery of this destination is progressing in a gradual, orderly and responsible manner. Mr Rodruguez said that while the current hotel occupancy is less than is normally expected at this time, in the face of the health situation we are going through, these are good numbers, and it must be remembered that the health of both the island families and our visitors is a priority, so that economic recovery can be carried out responsibly.

Large public events are banned in Quintana Roo to prevent a rebound of Covid-19, and the municipality of Isla Mujeres is complying with this strategy. Miriam Trejo León, municipal Secretary General, explained that these measures are aimed at preserving the health of island families at all times and therefore that of the state residents (Quintanarroenses), so in accordance with COFEPRIS (Department of the Sanitary Risk Protection of Quintana Roo), every event will be reported to the Attorney General's Office (FGE). She said, "We have to be aware that we are still in the midst of a pandemic and the first thing to care for is everyone's health; we must be responsible and avoid large gatherings at all costs, so we are taking these measures and there will be no permits to conduct such events."

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 Screenshot from video posted by TVisla Mujeres, noting the manatee was visiting near the Maritime Terminal and it is thought it may be injured.


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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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