Friday, January 29, 2021

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, January 29

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   Last night the Governor said the Northern Zone's Risk of Contagion Rate is at 1.11, similar to last week. (When it's at 1, that means each case results in one new case, with decreasing numbers when it is below 1 and increasing numbers when it is above 1.) Our Zone remains in Orange thru Feb. 7th, and the Southern Zone remains in Yellow but is very close to going Orange. Their Contagion Risk Rate was 1.08 last week and 1.10 this week.
He continues to emphasize the importance of individuals and businesses taking responsibility for following contagion prevention measures among themselves and in their establishments. He said this is necessary to avoid fines, closures, and most importantly, to avoid deaths. Businesses are required to provide hand sanitizer, temperature checks and sani-mats at entrances, have signage about mandatory masking, follow capacity limits, facilitate distancing, and provide barriers for cashiers. Updates are Thursday nights ~9p for the following Mon-Sun.
The worst of three factors determines color status which are shown as Hospital Availability-Green, Average of New Cases-Yellow, and Number of Daily Cases-Orange.
NOT OPEN--Bars**, Cantinas**, Nightclubs, Concert Halls. Gyms & Sports Clubs (except outside areas). And Schools. **EXPLANATION--The state government's definition of a Bar is different from the public's & your favorite "Bars" that serve food are generally outside that definition, and are open at reduced capacity (30%). By state law, a "Cantina" is a type of Bar that provides free food for its drinkers, so some of the Cantinas have reopened as Restaurants with menus. There are other businesses with "Cantina" in their name that have always been Restaurants. Currently alcohol sales are limited to 10a-12 midnight. Schools are doing distance learning.
OPEN at 30%--Beaches & Public Parks, Religious Services, Stores, Hair Salons, Convention Centers.
OPEN at 50%--Hotels, Restaurants, Historical Sites, Theme Parks, Tourism Services, Open-Air Conventions, Open-Air Gyms & Sport Clubs.
ESSENTIAL-Normal Capacity Allowed-- Groceries & Retail Food Trade, Banks, Laundries, Medical, Police & Legal, Water Purification, Fishing & Farming.
TRANSPORTATION CAPACITIES--Motorcycles-1, Private Vehicles-4, Taxis-3 (including driver), Public Transport-50%. (The Governor explained that the ferries have federal permits and are outside of state jurisdiction, like airplanes.)
Continue sanitary prevention measures with all activities--Frequent handwashing, Wearing face masks, Healthy Distance of 1.5 meters, Isolate if symptoms occur, Follow all the requirements and recommendations. 


 BEACH ENTRANCES--The sign in the foreground is in English. Note--Consumption of alcohol sold by businesses at the beach is permitted. The sign behind it at right is showing Green on the top which indicates the beach is not near its 30% capacity limit, when the sign changes to Yellow. When capacity is reached, it changes to Red. The sign at left says

~~General Recommendations for those using the beaches in the Covid-19 contingency~~

-Stay home if you have symptoms
-Verify that the beaches are open with available space.
-Use personal protection equipment (face masks or shields, sanitizing gel, and glasses).
-Cooperate with the safety/security on the beaches, follow the rules and recommendations of authorities.
-Plan your visit to the beach, taking extreme individual hygiene measures (with clothing and using one towel per person, clean swimming accessories, keep your hands clean and avoid touching your face).
-Maintain healthy distance and respect the spaces designated for each person.
-Don't share objects, toys, balls, or sun screen with other people.
-Don't stay at the beach longer than 3 hours, to avoid agglomerations.
-No groups of more than 5 people
-Use degradable plastic bags to collect the trash you generate, close it properly and throw it in the trash cans.
-Obey the instructions of personnel with ZOFEMAT, Fiscalizacion (Control), Civil Protection, Public Security and the National Guard.
-Pay special attention to the informative signs about Covid-19.
-If you bring chairs, tables or loungers, sanitize them before entering the beach and when you leave.
-Have a responsible attitude collaborating with the fulfillment of the appropriate protection measures  caring for your health.
~~Beach Hours are 10a-5p~~


This morning, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Air Canada, WestJet, Sunwing and Air Transat have agreed to suspend service to Mexico & the Caribbean starting this Sunday until April 30, and will be making arrangements with their customers who are in these regions now to organize flights home.
Starting next week all international flights will land at four airports (Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary & Montreal). There are plans to introduce PCR testing at the airport for those returning to Canada "as soon as possible", in addition to the current pre-board testing requirement. Mr Trudeau said travelers would then have to wait up to three days at an approved hotel for results, at their own expense, which could be more than $2000, and with a negative test could finish their 14-day quarantine at home. Source/screenshot: CBC Ca.

Tomorrow processing of vehicle registrations and license plates will be available without an appointment from 9a-1p, with face masks and healthy distancing. It is estimated that about 35-40% of owners haven't paid their obligations yet for 2020, according to Cambio22, who report that 58.6% of the vehicles in the system completed their paperwork and payments for 2020, which is equivalent to 6,849 vehicles. 

 Today, Isla Mujeres reports four more cases of C-19 for a total of 262 with 23 deaths and 211 recovered. The state geoportal for 1/29 reports 10 active cases as: Downtown-1, Salina Grande-2, 23 de noviembre-4, Miraflores-2 and La Gloria-1. On the national map for 1/28, Isla Mujeres reports 195 suspicious and 160 negatives.


 From the City (Ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres)

 Keep your home clean and well-ventilated. The caption says--Frequent cleaning and sanitizing of you home is important to prevent the spread of C-19.

 Remember to wash your hands properly with plenty of soap before putting on your face mask to prevent contagion of C19.


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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  


Full moon Jan 28 Thursday 6:40p

Jan 29 Friday at 7:41p

Jan 30 Saturday at 8:41p

Jan 31 Sunday at 9:40p

Feb 1 Monday at 10:39p

 Sunrise ~7:24

Sunset 6:21-6:37 (beginning vs end of month)


Public events have been suspended due to C-19. Holidays have featured online competitions and events. 

Jan. 6 Dia de los Tres Reyes/Three Kings Day

The Thor Heyerdahl traveling school-sailboat normally visits in late January-early February with about three dozen high school students on board. Under the tutelage of the experienced crew, the students learn to work together, sailing and navigating, as well as receiving their normal lessons. They sail from Germany to the Caribbean, but it's very possibly suspended this year. 

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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