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From Monday, ban reinstated on construction in Formentera towns

The Formentera Department of Territory reports that the end of emergency orders on Monday will coincide with the resumption of ban on construction projects that cause bothersome noise and vibrations in urban areas and tourism spots. Normally in force from 1 May to 15 October, the ordinance was placed on hold in light of the delayed start of the tourist season.

Starting Monday, authorisation will be limited to conduit repairs essential to safety or hygiene, and urgent works previously submitted for review and having obtained express permission from the Consell.

18 June 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

As island prepares for returning visitors, Formentera calls for new normality to include public health controls and tracing protocol

foto 2020 visita armengolWhen Consell de Formentera president and deputy president Alejandra Ferrer and Ana Juan sat down this afternoon with Francina Armengol, the Balearic first minister, and Pilar Costa, the chief of the first minister’s office, it marked the first in-person encounter between the two administrations since the start of the Covid-19 crisis.

Ferrer praised Armengol for the coordination between the Consell and Govern in recent months, and expressed her will to see such cooperation continue beyond lockdown de-escalation, which is set to conclude next week. “Emergency orders will be lifted on Sunday 21 June, but that doesn’t mean the crisis is over”, said Ferrer, who underscored the need for contingency planning with regard to the families and companions of infected tourists: “In our new normality we’ll need to maintain controls on public health and establish tracing protocol in the event that new cases emerge with arriving visitors”.

Ferrer also voiced concerns about domestic and international flight connections, and about the ongoing absence of Europe-wide safety protocol, which she described as “a missed opportunity for a united message”. As for furloughs announced in the midst of the crisis, Ferrer asked for Armengol’s backing in discussions with the central government: “Considering our economy is based exclusively on tourism, and given the short season in 2020, business owners and workers on the island will need help weathering the winter ahead”.

Ferrer additionally highlighted the potential for new opportunities that crises can afford, and suggested that the current juncture may hold out the opportunity for forward strides in terms of sustainability, solidarity and economic diversification, particularly as the island attempts to move away from a summer-centred tourism. “This crisis has laid bare the weakness of Formentera’s highly seasonal economy and the vulnerability that a large swath of our population faces”, Ferrer offered. “We have to realise that a diversified economy will make us more balanced and improve the quality of life for the people who need it most.”

For her part, the Balearic premiere offered a public show of thanks for the efforts of islanders and local government during a loosening of lockdown measures that saw Formentera, thanks to favourable public health figures, enter de-escalation one week ahead of the rest of the archipelago and Spain. “We are well aware that the economic situation is going to be very complicated”, Armengol added.

The premiere pointed out that the number of Formentera families receiving minimum social income (RESOGA) has jumped from 38 pre-coronavirus to 442 today. As well, she highlighted assistance of between €2,000 and €3,000 for self-employed individuals, including €250,000 from the Consell de Formentera, as well as €100,000 that the local government has put up in support of businesses and micro-businesses benefitting from ISBA loans.

Ferrer and Armengol asked islanders and visiting tourists to remain vigilant in terms of safety measures designed to prevent the local spread of Covid-19.

17 June 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Consell de Formentera announces numerous offices reopening to public

Multiple arms of the Consell de Formentera have once again opened to the public for appointments:

- The Formentera Department of Agriculture, Livestock and Fishing (Àrea d’Agricultura, Ramaderia i Pesca) is reopening for public visits

From today (Monday 8 June), the agriculture, livestock and fishing office, located at Centre Antoni Tur ‘Gabrielet’ on Avinguda de Porto-salè, reopens to the public. Hours are 10.00am to 1.00pm, Monday to Friday, by appointment. Visits must be scheduled 24 hours in advance by calling 971 32 10 87.

- The Formentera Department of Education and Culture (Àrea d’Educació i Cultura) has reopened to the public as well

The offices at Carrer de Mallorca, nº17, in Sant Ferran, are again accepting visits by appointment. Hours are 9.00am to 2.00pm, Monday to Friday. Visits must be scheduled 24 hours in advance by calling 971 32 10 87.

- The Formentera Department of Environment (Àrea de Medi Ambient) has resumed in-person appointments

The offices at Carrer de Mallorca, nº15, in Sant Ferran are again accepting visits by appointment. Hours are 9.00am to 2.00pm, Monday to Friday. Visits must be scheduled 24 hours in advance by emailing mediambient@conselldeformentera.cat.

Preventive, hygiene and disinfection protocol must be respected in each department. Visitors are asked to wear a mask, and hydroalcoholic hand sanitiser will be provided at the door.

8 June 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Consell de Formentera holds moment of silence

foto 2020 minut silenci 2With the ten-day period of national mourning set to conclude tomorrow, a minute of silence was observed on the front steps of the Consell de Formentera’s casa consistorial to commemorate the lives claimed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Consell president Alejandra Ferrer was joined in the show of condolence by the rest of the local cabinet, opposition members and administration staff.

5 June 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Formentera relaunches 2020 marketing efforts with video for dearly missed visitors

foto 2020 reinici turismeThe Formentera Department of Tourism reports that the office’s official social media account, @visitformentera, has unveiled a video in which the island tells visitors “I miss you”.

With the page turned on a period of internal confinement when Formentera was closed to outside visitors, department manager Carlos Bernús said the island was today waiting to get the go-ahead to reopen first to fellow islanders from Eivissa and the rest of the Balearics and then, if all goes well, to domestic and international travel. Bernús pointed to “targeted online pushes to entice those visitors” and said work was under way to ensure that both visiting tourists and locals can enjoy a summer “with the highest level of safety guarantees”.

Similar campaigns have sprung from collaboration between the tourism office and tour operators like SOLTOUR and Logitravel, while other efforts have involved mailing promotional inserts to domestic audiences and meeting with travel agents and journalists.

30 May 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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