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Formentera rules out all activities resembling nightlife and parties

By executive order, the Consell de Formentera is temporarily suspending permits for live music and djs in bars, cafés and restaurants. The order aims to support a Govern balear resolution to modify the Exceptional Measures Plan (Pla de Mesures Excepcionals)—a document which requires the closure of establishments like banquet halls, dance clubs, discotheques, cafés offering musical entertainment and wine bars, as well as the cancelation of any comparable programming.

In addition to a license to operate as either a bar, bar-café or restaurant, most Formentera businesses possess an additional permit for music. Often the permits allow their holder to host live music or djs.

To give force to the guidelines and ensure entertainment equivalent to that typically found in nightlife establishments does not take place, the Consell de Formentera is ordering the suspension not only of secondary permits for bars and bar-cafés but of permits for musical entertainment at restaurants as well. Dinner-time entertainment—limited to musical instruments and voice—may take place, but performances must occur during regular hours and with standard decibel (dB) restrictions in place. Concerts and dj sets are prohibited.

Generally speaking bars, bar-cafés and bar-restaurants are restricted to background music, radios or TVs at low volume (under 70dBs). These must be off by 12 midnight.

Beach bars cannot play music or host any other activity promoting conduct comparable to nightlife. Particular care must be taken to prevent crowds and activities at twilight. Activities considered similar to nightlife will carry associated fines and/or closure of the establishment in question.

Consell de Formentera president Alejandra Ferrer said the measure was about upholding the rules and making them more compatible to the idiosyncrasies of Formentera. “It’s also about helping a sector which this crisis has hit hard. Bar and restaurant operators have first-hand experience with the rules and a very clear understanding of what’s required”.

Under new guidelines no new guests can be seated after 12 midnight and establishments must close by 1.00am. Diners must remain calmly seated and no more than 10 to a table. Among other measures smoking is prohibited unless smokers can maintain a two-metre distance.


21 August 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Emerging Covid-19 cases prompt Consell to keep sailing school closed

The Consell de Formentera reports that the Escola de Vela will remain closed after an announcement from the Eivissa-Formentera Health Department’s Centre for Covid-19 Case Coordination (CCCC) that three students and an instructor at the sailing school had tested positive for Covid-19 after contact with a classmate positively-identified for the disease last week.

The Consell de Formentera coordinated with the CCCC to implement prevention protocol immediately after the infected student’s family reached out to the Escola de Vela on 15 August. Sailing school staff are updating families on the situation today and advising them that activities at the centre will be suspended until further notice.

The Eivissa-Formentera Health Department announced today it would also screen each of the approximately eighty students enrolled at the school.

Summer school group stays home
As a preventive measure amid concern over one suspected case, a cohort of 11 children and 3 instructors at the Sant Francesc Escola d’Estiu are being asked to stay home.

Crews are intensifying the daily sanitising efforts mandated by public health directives.

The potential Covid-19 positive went into self-isolation on Monday after learning of contact with individuals who had contracted the disease.

Seniors’ programming at Casa de Poble cancelled
In another measure aimed at stemming spread of the disease, the Consell has elected to suspend recreational activities under way in recent weeks at the Casa del Poble in La Mola.


20 August 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Formentera reactivates hotline and service to track possible covid-19 cases and close contacts

cartell 2020 telefons atencio covid CAThe Consell de Formentera announces it is reintroducing a phone registry to advise and track individuals with covid-19-like symptoms or those who have recently been in close contact with confirmed cases. Any person displaying symptoms or requiring urgent care should call 061. Individuals in non-urgent situations can find detailed information about what to do and phone numbers to call in the coronavirus.caib.es section of the Govern balear website.

Due to the current surge in local cases, the Consell has opted to reactivate its telephone service in addition to the abovementioned resources. The registry and hotline can be reached from 8.00am to 8.30pm via the Consell de Formentera switchboard (971.32.10.87). The service is designed to support the efforts of the health department and ensure islanders’ queries are forwarded on to the proper authorities.

Case tracking
The Consell de Formentera switchboard will keep a register of calls, make note of queries and specific cases and offer general information about protocol to follow and useful phone numbers. Case evolution will be then monitored. The service is coordinated with the health department, which will receive any relevant information from Formentera’s call registry.

The registry was first launched at the start of the pandemic together with the Consell’s monitoring and advisory service for recent arrivals to the island who wished to self-isolate.

17 August 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Formentera urges Govern to facilitate simple, flat-rate PCR testing

In a letter sent today from Consell de Formentera president Alejandra Ferrer to Balearic premiere Francina Armengol, the island’s leader in chief voiced concern over a nascent global trend, witnessed in countries like UK and Italy, towards requiring travellers from Spain to quarantine or perform similar measures, along with the toll such policies stand to take on tourism.

“From day one we’ve been calling for discussions to build worldwide consensus around a system of safe mobility”, said President Ferrer, who said such a move would afford “mutual protection” between countries.

Given such consensus has yet to materialise and in view of the growing list of countries which have applied restrictions to individuals travelling from Spain, Ferrer proposed a response which, “in addition to keeping us safe from covid-19, keeps Spain competitive with other markets”. Among the measures put forth by the president, one in particular is key, and accounts for the recent impulse among visitors’ home countries to oblige returning travellers to submit to testing or face mandatory quarantines. Ferrer trumpeted the idea of facilitating quick, easy and price-fixed PCR testing for all tourists preparing to return to their home countries. “It would guarantee that insurmountable obstacles don’t get in the way of travellers keen to visit our island”, she said.

Ferrer added that such a testing scheme, if applied nationwide to all visitors to the Balearics, would mean perfecting the idea of “safe corridors”, based on partner countries’ commitment to facilitate safe arrivals for travellers who’ve already been PCR tested or, failing that, submitting them to testing on their return. “We could then focus our efforts on becoming a truly safe destination for global and domestic tourism”, she said.

14 August 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Abandoned cats

cartell som gatsThe Formentera government wishes to raise public raise awareness around the growing number of abandoned cats on the island. Recent weeks have come with numerous discoveries of litters of cats left in rubbish bins. The Consell de Formentera reminds islanders that it is illegal to abandon animals and pet owners who no longer want their animals can contact the Consell’s veterinary service. Fines for abandoning animals vary from €30 to €15,000.

For more information, call 971 32 10 87 (ext. 3164) or email veterinari@conselldeformentera.cat.

3 August 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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