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Cepca offers support

The Formentera Department of Social Services reports that the Centre for the Study and Prevention of Addictive Behaviour (Cepca) will begin a phone-based support service for Formentera and Eivissa families from Monday 30 March. Coordinated by Cepca director Belén Alvite, the service goes beyond dealing with possible addiction issues to address situations of conflict that may arise during confinement. Any interested local families should call 971 32 33 35 between 9.00am and 2.00pm, to receive over-the-phone support from a staff specialist.

27 March 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Help for victims of gender-based violence

cartell 2020 viogen covidThe Consell de Formentera wishes to direct a message to female victims of gender-based violence: you may be isolated given the state of alarm, but you are not alone. A still-operational help desk for female victims can be reached at 971321271 or by sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

And, the Balearic Institute for Women, Ibdona, has a 24-hour hotline at 971178989. 112 is additionally available for emergencies, as is 016 for general information. Judges will continue hearing charges of gender-based violence and issuing restraining orders and other measures to protect children.

26 March 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Amid health crisis, Formentera underscores rights of workers, freelancers and businesses

cartell 2020 campanya govern 1Given the stinging blow local businesses and workers face in light of the state of alarm surrounding the Covid-19 health emergency, the Consell de Formentera wishes to remind islanders of a number of their rights and some of the region- and nationwide measures that have been taken.

In the areas where it has authority, the Consell, for its part, is rigging up a host of measures to make things easier on islanders, chiefly for those most at-risk and groups that stand to be hit hardest. Some measures will involve taxes, permits and licences.

Businesses, freelancers and employees
The most important thing to remember in the current situation is that employers can neither terminate staff nor force them to use holiday time, which must be agreed with workers’ representatives. Remote work and flexible scheduling are among the measures recommended for companies whose operations continue.

For businesses and self-employed individuals, ISBA and ISCO have set up a series of one-off liquidity lines in a bid to shore up liquidity. If a freelancer’s professional activity dries up as a result of the state of alarm, or if total invoices drop more than 75% compared to the previous quarter, benefits can be requested for the duration of the emergency. Such individuals will also pay into Social Security for the length of the crisis. Tax payments on quarterly earnings declarations normally scheduled between 13 March and 30 May 2020 are likewise postponed.

Temporary layoffs
Any business wishing to place employment contracts on hold must file the corresponding temporary redundancy paperwork. Such a measure either entails short-term suspension of a contract or reduced hours. Employees with permanent seasonal contracts must also be accounted for in any temporary redundancy cases: businesses are obliged, on the pre-arranged date, to contact any employees who weren’t notified when a layoff was agreed on, and incorporate these individuals into the temporary redundancy plan.

Employees of companies that submit temporary redundancy plans need not take any special steps: these individuals will be automatically enrolled in the Employment Service of the Balearic Islands (SOIB) and benefit payout will be automatic too.

Temporary layoffs must be negotiated with workers’ representatives and, when the previously agreed-upon time elapses, staff are re-employed under the terms of current contracts.

During the temporary layoff, workers are eligible for provisional unemployment benefits unrelated to typical unemployment benefits. Individuals facing temporary layoffs receive 70% of their average pay-in over the last 180 days of work (or the 180 days prior to coronavirus-interrupted activity), and benefits will continue the length of the temporary layoff. Technically speaking, workers will remain employees of the company for the duration of the disrupted activity.

The Govern balear has created the online portal www.caib.es/sites/coronaviruseconomia/ca/portada so that freelancers, business owners and employees can get answers questions that might arise amid the current situation.

With pension payments due to be issued in the days ahead, the Consell de Formentera wishes to urge individuals who receive pensions, as an at-risk group, to avoid personal contact unless absolutely necessary. Individuals are advised to use outdoor ATMs instead of going inside banks, and to continue following hygiene measures, namely, by refraining from touching one’s face and washing hands as soon as one arrives at home.

25 March 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Cleaning pharmacy shopfronts

foto 2020 neteja farmacies1The Formentera Department of Environment reports that, in line with a request from the Official College of Pharmaticists in the Balearic Islands, crews have ramped up their efforts to clean and disinfect pavements adjacent to urban pharmacies across Formentera.

Pharmaceutical professionals have pointed out the current health emergency has seen a jump in visits to chemists, with attendant queues of customers waiting for their turn to enter. Formentera’s municipal cleaning services use special disinfectant cleaner and pressure washers in these areas and other busy urban spaces.

26 March 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Nurseries launch Facebook profile

foto 2020 casal escoletes covid 2The Consell de Formentera reports that municipal nurseries Escoleta de Sa Miranda and Escoleta del Camí Vell have created a Facebook profile to keep in touch with parents during the state of alarm and offer ideas for keeping homebound young ones occupied amid the temporary shuttering of schools. The island’s youth drop-in centre has adopted a similar strategy as well, using its Instagram account to spotlight proposed Casal de Joves activities over the Internet. Another municipal handle being leveraged to deal with the current situation is the Instagram account of Formentera Marxa, which, together with a newly christened Facebook profile aimed at reaching ever more islanders, has become a clearing house of games and entertainment for followers.

During the state of alarm, the various arms of the Formentera government have adapted and rallied around a common goal: to create new channels of information and strengthen ones already in place in an effort to help islanders through isolation. Last Friday, the Consell de Formentera unveiled its “Formentera es queda a casa” [Formentera is staying home] profile on Facebook, sharing entertaining content in an bid to make confinement more bearable.

25 March 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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