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Formentera’s oldest man, Pep Mayans, of Can Xumeu Petit, turns 101

foto 2021 xumeu petitPep Mayans of Can Xumeu Petit celebrates his 101th year today at his home in La Mola. On behalf of the people of Formentera, the island’s deputy premiere and councillor for the elderly Ana Juan congratulated Mayans  and offered him a bouquet of flowers and traditional desserts. Numerous family and friends congratulated Mayans and made sure he was in good company all day long. On a birthday walk, Mayans beheld vineyards and his pet pigeons, one of his great hobbies.

20 May 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Minute of silence to condemn VAW slaying in Sa Pobla

foto 2021 sa poblaEarlier today a minute of silence was observed on the steps of the local government seat in condemnation of yesterday's gender-based killing in Sa Pobla, Mallorca. Consell de Formentera premiere Alejandra Ferrer was joined by fellow councillors and municipal employees in honouring the memory of the Balearic Islands’ first victims of gender violence in 2021: a 28-year-old woman and her 7-year-old son.

18 May 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

For smooth start to summer and islanders’ safety, Formentera keeps tier 1 rules and continues “slow” reopening

foto 2021 desescalada lenta AConsell de Formentera premiere Alejandra Ferrer was joined today in press conference by Josep Marí Ribas and Maria Antònia Font, the Balearic government’s mobility and housing minister and director-general of health and consumer affairs, respectively, to review new measures linked to the covid-19 public health crisis.

Ferrer described the island’s current epidemiological situation as “favourable”, highlighting “zero active cases and zero new infections in the last 14 days”. She pointed to a number of measures that would soon be relaxed as a result, but indicated de-escalation would be slow, “so the island can make it to summer in good stead. The priority is our residents’ welfare.”

With the island still in tier 1 of public health alert, the following restrictions will be in place for two weeks starting Sunday 9 May:
-Maximum six people (no limit on number of households) at outdoor get-togethers and family gatherings. Maximum six people from two households at indoor gatherings.
-Curfew from 11.00pm to 6.00am.
-Normal capacity at shops provided safe distancing measures can be respected. Closure by 10.00pm.

Another important change: eateries with outdoor seating are no longer required to close between 6.00pm and 8.00pm; these establishments can operate until 10.30pm. Rules are as follows:
-Indoor service must stop at 5.00pm on weekdays (Monday to Friday) and 6.00pm on weekends (Saturdays and Sundays).
-Outdoor service must stop at 10.30pm (Monday to Sunday).

Controls unchanged
President Ferrer also stressed the importance of controls on arriving travellers, which she said would continue for two more weeks and perhaps all summer if possible. Ferrer said current collaboration between the Consell, local business and the regional administration sought to offer competitively-priced PCR testing locally and she reiterated an earlier request that figures concerning infected visitors and residents be counted separately “so accumulated incidence isn’t impacted and protocol isn’t changed on account of visitors who have already left”. “And the Govern balear must work with individual island councils on a roadmap for measures, protocols and timelines that people and businesses will respect in summer”, she said.

On Formentera’s currently auspicious state of affairs, “It’s thanks to the responsibility of islanders and our businesses”, Ferrer said. She added, “We know people are tired, but they’ve continued to follow the rules”. The island's top-ranking official also called on islanders to answer vaccination calls with a “yes”: “It is crucial we all get immunised — for our safety and for the safety of those around us.”

For his part, the regional mobility and housing chief acknowledged improvements and Formentera’s praiseworthy case count of zero while insisting on a message of “prudence and prevention”. “We won’t be able to relax until the virus has been eradicated”, he said, and encouraged islanders to get vaccinated.

As for the director-general, “Formentera is the island with the best situation today”, she affirmed, citing data from the Health and Epidemiology Service of the Directorate General of Public Health and Participation. Two weeks have passed since Formentera’s last case was reported, meanwhile, Eivissa, Mallorca and Menorca wade through a weekslong crunch and report outbreaks of the more transmissible and now predominant British variant. As of 6 May, 3,071 vaccine doses have been administered, 2,320 islanders have received a single dose and 751 have received both doses.

7 May 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

New campaign urges islanders: ‘Get vaccinated, for you and for everybody’

cartell 2021 vacunatThe Consell de Formentera has put together a video encouraging islanders to support herd immunity and a speedy return to normalcy by answering the call to get vaccinated when they receive it.

The video will be shared across social media platforms and highlights the vaccine’s advantages in an effort to encourage solidarity around the vaccination push.

6 May 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

CES presents ten-year outlook for Balearics

foto 2021 CESConsell de Formentera president Alejandra Ferrer and local economy and finance chief Bartomeu Escandell sat down today with representatives of the Balearic Islands’ Economic and Social Council (CES) for a presentation of the CES’s Horitzó 2030, a report on the regional outlook in the decade ahead.

CES speaker Rafel Ballesteros said the Balearic government’s 2017 commissioning of the report involved asking experts to pinpoint areas of study key to understanding the region’s current trajectory. Four-hundred forty-four proposals from 58 experts were debated and voted on, ultimately providing the basis for the study. The goal of the report? “To make the Balearic Islands the benchmark in terms of tourism quality, new talent, competitiveness in the international arena and excellence in environmental sustainability, social inclusion, quality employment and progressive land-use policies.”

President Ferrer expressed her satisfaction because “in sustainability, vehicle and overnight-stay capacity, agriculture, local production and more, work has already begun on many of the study’s proposals”. “We need to try to set ourselves apart and become more competitive by defending, individually, what makes us different in terms of environment, heritage and culture”, she agreed. “And, of course, continue working toward sustainability and zero waste and combating climate change.”

Finally, the president highlighted challenges and work yet to be done in multiple areas, housing, education, health and science among them. She added that the coronavirus crisis has thrown into relief the fact that the path forward will involve “collaboration, coordination and solidarity; cohesive but different islands; with a circular economy and an egalitarian society”.

4 May 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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