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Tourism information points reopen

foto 2020 oficines turistiquesThe Formentera Department of Tourism reports that tourism information points reopened today in Sant Francesc, La Savina and Es Pujols. The sites, known as Oficines d'Informació Turística, will open Monday to Friday from 10.00am to 2.00pm and 5.00pm to 7.00pm, and Saturdays from 10.00am to 3.00pm. Assuming the 2020 tourist season can be extended later into the year, the offices are expected to remain active until November.

15 June 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Island’s nurseries reopen

foto 2020 tornada escoletaThe Formentera Department of Education reports that the Sa Miranda and Camí Vell nurseries will reopen from today, 15 June, welcoming back 17 youngsters at the former and 3 at the latter. Opening at 50% capacity, the escoletes can accommodate 54 of the 108 children normally enrolled.

The resumption of classes following a three-month hiatus will be gradual, with a transitional period aimed at helping children ease back into things and plans to increase class size progressively. Priority for admission will be given to children of parents for whom balancing work and childcare is problematic, households facing increased risk of social and economic hardship and families in which children are receiving special protective attention. The nurseries will open from 7.30am to 2.30pm, offering both early drop-off and cafeteria service.

Because of Covid-19, classrooms will reopen in line with safety and hygiene protocol: educators will wear masks given the impossibility of complying with the two-metre distancing rule. Infant groups will have no more than four children per group; one- to two-year-old groups will be limited to six, and a nine-child maximum will be observed for two- to three-year-old groups. Children must take turns in the patio space and open-air activities are encouraged, while the instructor-pupil ratio has been adjusted to enable teachers to adapt educational activities to new guidelines.

Each child’s temperature must be taken every day before school, and any children with a temperature of 37.5 or more must remain at home. As in previous months, educators will be assigned to families of children not currently returning to school.

15 June 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Consell de Formentera and Ajuntament d'Eivissa team up to offer language pointers to government personnel

Formentera’s office of language normalisation has joined forces with the city government of Eivissa to launch ‘Apunts en net’, a resource designed to help employees of both administrations tackle the most common issues raised by drafting texts in Catalan.

The premise: every week, three Catalan language-related notes will go out to work email accounts. Each email will contain a brief text explaining a theoretical aspect of the language and offering examples. Features will touch on one of three subjects:

1. Spelling, syntax, grammar and vocabulary (pronouns, prepositions, specific lexicon, etc.)
2. Stylistic conventions (use of upper and lower case, abbreviations and symbols, etc.)
3. Catalan for administrative contexts (administrative terms, aspects related to drafting administrative texts, etc.)

The programme’s creators see ‘Apunts en net’ as a way to give staff additional support in their daily work. Content will be geared towards not just addressing frequently asked questions about vocabulary, writing tips and stylistic conventions, but also offering clearly worded insight about evolving rules and conventions, newly coined words and specific expressions that surface over time. The format likewise allows for discussion of place names and real-life words and expressions.

Content and design of the weekly updates will be overseen by the language advisory services of both islands. Agency staff can expect to find the first emails in their inbox starting in June.

12 June 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

La Mola lighthouse reopens tomorrow, Friday 12 June

foto 2020 far la molaThe Formentera Department of Culture reports that the Far de la Mola cultural centre will reopen its doors tomorrow, Friday 12 June. Visiting hours are 10.00am to 2.00pm, Tuesday to Saturday, and from this year residents of the Balearic Islands get in at no charge. Department chief Susana Labrador pointed out that this year islanders across the archipelago would see entry fees waived in a bid to broaden the reach of Formentera’s maritime and cultural heritage amid the Covid-19 crisis. Formentera residents, visitors under 18 and the unemployed have enjoyed free admission to the lighthouse since last year; in 2020, the discount will extend to everyone in the Balearics. General admission is €4.50, and pensioners and students benefit from a €2 reduction.

Protocols in place at the newly reopened cultural centre aim to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Capacity has been set at 20, and visitors are required to observe a two-metre distance from one another. In an effort to ensure distancing measures are respected, visitors will be asked to queue outside until staff can clear them for entry, proceeding through the space on a one-way circuit and wearing a mask whenever maintaining the proper distance isn’t possible. Hand sanitiser will be available as well, with crews instructed to double down on hygiene and cleaning efforts.

A monument to civil engineering, La Mola's lighthouse was designed by Emili Pou Bonet and completed in 1861. Today the building houses a space which is devoted to culture and to showcasing Formentera's maritime heritage. It is divided into two clearly distinct exhibition spaces. The permanent exhibition explores its main focus—the sea—from a variety of angles: the marine environment, natural resources management, navigation and light signals. A second space is dedicated to temporary art exhibits.

11 June 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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