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Formentera restricts movement onto and off island

foto 2021 sortides restringidesConsell de Formentera president Alejandra Ferrer and Balearic government spokeswoman Pilar Costa announced a sealing off of the island from tomorrow, 16 January. Arrivals and exits will be limited, with permission restricted to individuals who can demonstrate travel is work- or medical-related or for other authorised motives.

President Ferrer said the measures aimed not only to protect Formentera residents but also to form a common front and collaborate to keep Eivissa and Formentera’s health services from collapse. “It’s crucial we make it to summer on the most stable footing possible if we want local tourism to recover”, said the premiere, asserting, “An appropriate response now is essential to smooth vaccination operations, which will be key to tackling the pandemic and getting things back to normal”.

The president added that the option currently available was to activate tier 4 restrictions, which would entail shutting down all cafés, bars and restaurants and prohibiting social contacts, or adopt measures to enable a continuation of tier 3 protocol. Ferrer said the latter would only work if infection numbers stayed at their current level. “As we know, things can change extremely quickly”, she said.

Though the epidemiological situation on Formentera today is better than on the rest of the islands, President Ferrer insisted the overall picture was far from rosy. “We’re asking islanders once again to be responsible and collaborate”, she said. “In the weeks ahead we have to keep our interactions to an absolute minimum if we want to return to relative stability, both on the island and further afield.”

Special controls at Formentera port
Local law enforcement will be performing controls at the island’s ferry terminal and at the Eivissa harbour as needed. President Ferrer asked the Civil Guard to collaborate with Formentera Local Police and representatives of municipal government stationed at the port to apprise people of the new restrictions.

The Consell de Formentera information switchboard (971.32.10.87) will be reactivated as well, with personnel monitoring cases to ensure that new arrivals self-isolate and keep contact to an absolute minimum. Other recommendations include:

- Avoid even authorised travel between islands, prioritising remote work and postponing travel whenever possible.
- Refrain from face-to-face business, encouraging virtual gatherings instead.
- Reduce social and family gatherings.
- Keep household bubbles limited.
- Respect safety measures (masks, social distancing, hygiene, ventilation...).
- Prioritise outdoor activities and gatherings.
- Respect tier 3 public health protocol.
- If you think you have been in close contact with an infected individual or if you believe you have symptoms, SELF-ISOLATE and inform your employers if you are working.

Quarantining is required in the following cases:
If you have tested positive for Covid-19
If you have not yet been tested
If you are awaiting test results
If you have had close contact with someone who has tested positive

The new measures will remain in place until 30 January at the earliest, with documentation required to accredit the following essential travel:

a) Visits to healthcare centres, hospitals or veterinary clinics.
b) Work-related travel.
c) Travel to school, university or other educational centres.
d) Return to domicile or family residence.
e) Care for the elderly, minors, people with disabilities or at-risk individuals.
f) Travel to financial and insurance institutions.
g) Mandatory or urgent appearances before public, legal or notarial institutions.
h) Renewals of permits and official documents, or other administrative formalities that cannot be postponed.
i) Official exams that cannot be postponed.
j) Instances of force majeure or other essential situations. Duly accredited travel to and from ports and airports is also permitted, as is travel to certain federated sporting events.
k) Any other similar and duly accredited activity.

Posters have also been printed to inform islanders of the new rules.

15 January 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Formentera bolsters student aid amid Covid crisis

The Consell de Formentera government commission has green-lighted three proposed lines of educational assistance totalling nearly €94,000. In the words of education and culture councillor Susana Labrador, beyond traditional aid for students and families which will be issued for the 2020-2021 school year, in view of the Covid crisis, several special lines of assistance seek to offer a leg-up to crisis-hit families.

The government commission approved ten €1,250 grants for Formentera students who attended higher-education programmes in 2018-2019.

The same commission also signed off on money so local primary and secondary schools can administer the textbook reuse programme and approved direct assistance to programme participants and children from large families or single-parent homes. Seventeen individual grants for pupils enrolled during the 2019-2020 school year, as well as assistance for the island’s four public schools, pushed total aid nearly €3,000 beyond the initial €45,000.

The commission likewise ratified €33,900 for 80 grants to offset double and triple insularity (inequity due to living on an island once- and sometimes twice-removed from services) and to help students pay for off-island university, vocational training, formal education and education in the arts.

Special assistance in light of Covid crisis

Councillor Labrador said islanders would soon be able to apply for educational assistance for the 2020-2021 school year, pointing out that the traditional total of €95,500 would be more than doubled to palliate the toll of the Covid crisis. The funding will be used for the following:

- Assistance to mitigate double and triple insularity during 2020-2021 school year
- Grants for higher education in 2019-2020 and 2020-2021
- Financial assistance to purchase textbooks (as part of reuse programme) and laptops (part of digitalisation programme for year one pupils in secondary education)
- Special aid for purchase of computer equipment

According to Labrador, the lines of financial aid will be tailored for the particular situations and difficulties faced by crisis-hit families. A panel made up of educational associations has been informed of the assistance and has given them the green light. When the panel convened for its first meeting 10 November, the gathering served to bring together their proposals.

13 January 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Four special €1,000 prizes handed out as part of Christmas buy-local push

foto 2021 compra a casaDeputy premiere and commerce councillor Ana Juan was joined by Josep Mayans, chair of Formentera’s league of small- and medium-sized businesses, in delivering four special €1,000 prizes as part of the Consell- and Pimef-backed campaign ‘This Christmas Buy Local’ (Al Nadal Compra a Casa). Winners were Compra a Casa cardholders Maite Garbizu Gómez, Maria Ferrer Ferrer, Leonor Asensio Álvarez and Maria Isabel Salazar Sánchez.

Councillor Juan congratulated winners and underscored the campaign’s warm reception during what she described as “a tough year for everyone”. She congratulated organisers too, saying they had accomplished the double objective of increasing footfall at hometown businesses and offering perks to local shoppers. Praise was also in order, Juan asserted, for Formentera retailers who made the effort to keep business afloat this winter.

Pimef chairman Josep Mayans described the special Christmas edition of Compra a Casa as “a boost to an already well-established local initiative” and “a win for everyone”, since prizes mean extra publicity for participating Compra a Casa establishments.

Maite Garbizu got her Compra a Casa loyalty card on 19 December, logging trips with it to Ofiusa supermarket and Petrofor petrol station. Maria Ferrer, a cardholder since 2018, used her card at Ofiusa too, not to mention at Federico fishmonger. Leonor Asensio has also been a cardholder since 2018, making her purchase at Detalls Nou Estil. Maria Isabel Salazar Sánchez has had a Compra a Casa card since 2018. She made her purchase at Strivancus. Winners have until 11 February to use their gift-cards at Compra a Casa partner businesses.

In the last four weeks Compra a Casa has expanded to include an additional five member businesses, for a current total of 35.

‘Al Nadal Compra a Casa’ received funding under the Balearic government’s 2020 ‘Cel Obert’ programme.


12 January 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

As preventive public health measure, municipal sport schools push opening back to 1 February

In a bid to guarantee public health safety and curb Covid-19 cases on the island, the Formentera Sport Department reports that the start of municipal sports programmes has been rescheduled for 1 February.

From 12 January to 1 February, practice is prohibited for all but federated contact and fighting sportspeople aged 12 and up, and training sessions must take place in municipal facilities. Those islanders who do meet for practice are encouraged to exercise extreme caution and must respect safety protocol in place.

After contacting local sports clubs today to hammer out finer points of the decision, sport councillor Paula Ferrer described postponement as a way to guarantee a safe return to school and safeguard stable groups of children, remarking that “online learning is more suitable for over-12s”.

Activities should be staged outside municipal facilities whenever possible. As a public health safety measure changing rooms at Antoni Blanc fitness centre are closed and 30% capacity will be observed.

11 January 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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