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With ‘Formentera to-go’, islanders can find restaurants offering takeaway and delivery

cartell 2021 F per emportarWith bars and restaurants forced to close their doors amid enhanced tier 4 public health orders, the Formentera Commerce Department is putting its powers of dissemination in the service of local businesses that have begun offering takeaway and delivery service. Deputy chair and commerce councillor Ana Juan praised the businesses’ “commitment in recent weeks to customer service and dynamism” and explained, “The idea is to let islanders know what their options are”. Juan indicated the Consell was in the process of preparing the terms and conditions of assistance for local businesses and that the call for applications would be forthcoming.

4 February 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

‘Now more than ever, practise emotional self-care’ campaign offers islanders positive messages

cartell 2021 emo 3Approximately one year into the pandemic, the Consell de Formentera’s new communications push, “Now more than ever, practise emotional self-care”, strives to send islanders positive messages in the form of posters and videos disseminated mostly across social media.

A range of general tips are spotlighted in the campaign’s central poster, which is set for release today along with two more specific messages: the first encourages islanders to exercise and take walks and the second highlights the positive affects of time spent with pets. Other targeted posters to follow will centre on wide-ranging topics such as enjoying the outdoors, maintaining oneself occupied with hobbies, keeping touch with loved ones and following a healthy diet.

Accompanying videos directed by Alfredo Montero and starring regular islanders show the reality of the ongoing situation while holding out messages of encouragement and turning a light on the bright side of things, and of living on an island like Formentera. The first video features one of the biggest names in Formentera sport: Juanjo Escandell.

In recent times many people have felt or are feeling blue, something local premiere Alejandra Ferrer describes as “totally natural given the sustained period of uncertainty that’s turned our world upside down”. “The present campaign is about the power of positive thinking”, she added.

One of the campaign’s crucial points, according to Ferrer, is that not everyone is spending the pandemic in a place where open spaces abound and crowds are minimal. “We also wanted to stress the importance of maintaining social contact”, continued the president, “even if it’s with a mobile phone, or on the computer.” Other key sources of relief by Ferrer’s lights are books, a healthy diet and music. “Essentially we want islanders to be thinking about emotional self-care and thinking positively, because the net impact on our wellbeing and the wellbeing of those around us is positive.” Another crucial message to bear in mind? “We have, through collective sacrifice, overcome hardship again and again throughout history. This time will be no different.”

Click here to see the first video.

3 February 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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Formentera to direct €630K to hardest hit segments of local business

foto 2021 visita Armengol ajudes febrer 1Alejandra Ferrer, chair of the Consell de Formentera, met today with Balearic first minister Francina Armengol to present a plan to support Formentera businesses affected by the Covid-19 crisis. The two officials were joined by deputy chair and local entrepreneurism and commerce chief Ana Juan and economy and tax office chief Bartomeu Escandell.

Seizing the occasion of a visit to Eivissa by Armengol, the assembled decision makers discussed how to make assistance work for the needs of Formentera’s business community. Emerging from the encounter, Ferrer announced the two administrations would be unlocking €630,000 in support for segments of the community most affected by the crisis. Armengol asserted that the Consell’s “familiarity with on-the-ground needs and realities” meant it was “better equipped than anyone” to administer the particulars of assistance.

The agreements signed will rest on Formentera government’s split authority as island and town council (consell and ajuntament, respectively). As part of the “emergency programme”, the Balearic government has pledged €15m for island councils and €10m for town councils (Formentera will receive €210K in its capacity as the former and €105K as the latter). The island will contribute the same amount as well, for a grand total of €630K in assistance for Formentera’s productive sector.

Ferrer pointed out that the roots of the Consell’s special support for families and small businesses went back to the start of the pandemic. “Formentera will stand by those being battered by the crisis, particularly as highly restrictive measures enter into force to improve the public health situation and slowly restore freedoms and economic activity”, said Ferrer. “Disbursements will privilege businesses and freelancers impacted by the new restrictions”, said the president, “but we will also factor for those affected by the economic fallout from the unusually short season, and for those now gearing up for another crisis still to come, whose ‘how’ and ‘when’ remain unknown.”

1 February 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Youth centre tailors in-person and virtual activities to Enhanced Tier 4 of Public Health Alert

As Formentera enters Enhanced Tier 4 of public health alert, the Formentera Youth Department reports that activities at the Casal de Joves have been adapted to facilitate compliance with new rules. Staff at the currently open and operational youth drop-in spot came up with targeted protocol in June when the Casal reopened, and since that time visitors have upheld measures in line with the mandates of public health authorities.

With the activation of Tier 4 protocol, the building’s indoor and outdoor capacity was limited to six. That figure remains unchanged as Formentera toggles to the reinforced form of Tier 4, with preference given to outdoor activities and virtual programming. Online activities began under the name «Casal Viral» as stay-at-home orders were first enacted last year.

“Keeping the Casal open is more important than ever”, said FYD chair Vanessa Parellada. She pointed up the current ban on gatherings between individuals from different households and said the Casal was hardly different from schools in that it is a “safe, controlled environment where youth can participate in leisure activities while respecting safety measures”.

Every Wednesday, sometimes in person at the Casal and sometimes online with Casal Viral, youth can catch a film or documentary on wide-ranging topics like feminism or humour in the age of Covid. Next weekend there will be face-to-face workshops on painting and pottery. Masks, social distancing, hand-washing and common sense are all required.

What better occasion than Valentine’s Day to reflect on the importance of teenage love, friendships and affective-sexual relationships (not to mention, adds Parellada, to deconstruct the myth of romantic love)? The Casal’s Valentine’s Day programming takes place 13 February.

Other online activities this February include a contest where participants are encouraged to submit their finest sports-related snapshots, together with an afternoon of monologues. The Casal de Joves opens from 4.00pm to 9.00pm, Tuesday to Saturday. The closing time was brought forward at the start of Tier 4 orders to facilitate compliance with the curfew from 10.00pm to 6.00pm.

1 February 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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