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Mobility decree re: Covid-19

Given the state of alarm surrounding the Covid-19 health crisis, the Consell de Formentera reports that a decree has been adopted with the following protocol concerning public transport on Formentera roads.

Signed today by Consell president Alejandra Ferrer, the decree mandates a caveat on the continued provision public transport: that both buses and taxis must circulate at 50 per cent capacity. Exceptions are made for taxi passengers such as children, the sick and individuals with reduced mobility who require accompaniment. Failing that, ride-hailers travelling by cab must sit in the back seat and leave one seat of space between them.

Operational taxi service is required by law at the Port de la Savina bus-stop whenever ferries arrive. Across the rest of the island, the service is available by telephone at 971 32 23 42.

Both bus- and cabdrivers must advise passengers of hygienic and precautionary measures to be followed by everyone. They must also follow the recommendations of health authorities with regard to cleaning and disinfecting vehicles. Protocol to safeguard staff according to the indications of health authorities are likewise mandated.

Drivers whom health authorities consider to be particularly at risk are encouraged to stay home from work.

17 March 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Consell teams up with Pimef and Chamber of Commerce to enact safety protocol at local businesses

cartell 2020 covid comercosThe Consell de Formentera reminds islanders and businesses still in operation of the importance of respecting safety measures in view of the current health scare. Posters printed by the Consell and currently being distributed to members of Pimef and the Chamber of Commerce remind business owners of basic measures in hygiene, store management and recommended distance between clients.

17 March 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Presidential decree on administrative and organisational measures by the Consell de Formentera following the declaration of state of alarm in view of the COVID-19 health crisis

With this decree, signed today by Alejandra Ferrer, president of the Consell de Formentera, all legal action to which the island government is party are hereby suspended, excepting those involving the safety of minors or violence against women. Administrative action is suspended as well, save for extremely urgent measures.

Furthermore, plenary gatherings and meetings of spokespersons’, advisory and government committees will halt as well.

Restored to the office of the president are those functions delegated to the government committee last July, while the officer of the president’s office, tax office and general services retains the economic competences delegated to him at the same time.

As a general rule and with a view toward forestalling visits of any kind to local government facilities, electronic and telephone communications are the preferred method of contact between the public and the administration. This likewise applies for administration officials.

As for government personnel, and considering a substantial portion of staff live on Eivissa, a specific decree to follow will provide general details on virtual work arrangements, to the extent possible in each service.

Let it be additionally known that any public government procurement of services relative to preventive healthcare or related areas is in full accordance with the Royal Decree of state of alarm, and is to be considered emergency contracting.


16 March 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Entry checks begin on island in compliance with state of alarm

foto 2020 control portThe Guardia Civil began controlling new arrivals to Formentera today, with two agents posted near the exit ramp checking that people coming to the island were doing so in compliance with the restrictions included in the State of Alarm. The proclamation prohibits entry to all but those with a job or home on the island and expressly bans leisure travel, such as by tourists.

The island’s president applauded the latest precautionary and containment-oriented measure in response to Covid-19, pointing out that the step had been taken the request of local government. “This is something our inhabitants and business owners have been pleading for”, said Alejandra Ferrer. “Based on the State of Alarm proclamation, we can begin protecting our people by filtering access to the island given the current health crisis”.

Ferry operators have been providing minimum services between Formentera and Eivissa since Saturday to assure the arrival of goods, though all but essential travel remains prohibited. Under the current scaled back service, ten daily journeys happen in each direction and controls are performed, but the Consell de Formentera and Govern balear are in talks to reduce the frequency further still.

Logging data
Last Friday the Consell de Formentera began keeping a register of the individuals who have arrived on the island in recent days. It also issued an appeal to new arrivals to contact the island’s government by calling 971321087 to provide personal information. The Consell furnished the coronavirus safety protocol and stated it would monitor individuals as well as offer any necessary help. To date 138 recently arrivals from at-risk areas have arrived on the island and contacted the Consell.

Yesterday ferry operators began distributing a questionnaire put together by the Consell to all travellers, ensuring their details could be recorded and preventive measures, protocol and imperatives included in the State of Alarm could be explained before they disembarked. The information collected will also be shared with the relevant health authorities so each case can be monitored.

On behalf of the entire team of cabinet councillors, President Ferrer thanked the people of Formentera for their responsibility and commitment. “To the businesses that closed, and to those still open and providing basic necessities; to the security forces who are enforcing the imperatives of these unusual circumstances; to the workers who are so understandingly adapting their timetables and tasks; to those working from home; of course, to the health workers on the front lines; to all the youth, young children, families and elderly who are staying home. Thanks to the individual commitment of islanders and the collective effort that Formentera has always been so good at, we look forward to getting back to normal soon. Thank you all.

16 March 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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