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The “savage dyes” of Simona Colzi beckon crowds back to Centre ‘Gabrielet’

cartell 2020 tintures salvatgesWhen artist Simona Colzi pulls the curtain back on her display “Tintures Salvatges” at 7.00pm tomorrow (19 June), the opening will signal the start of a new season of exhibitions at Centre Antoni Tur ‘Gabrielet’. Varying textures, which merge textile tissues and the natural environment of Formentera, embody the intersection of quality, sustainability and aesthetics. Colzi’s ambition, besides decrying the pollution which is synonymous with the synthetic fabric industry, is to offer a tribute, however small, to life and nature on the island of Formentera.

The display will remain open to the public until 28 June, Monday to Saturday, 11.00am to 2.00pm and 6.00pm to 8.00pm.

18 June 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

From Monday, ban reinstated on construction in Formentera towns

The Formentera Department of Territory reports that the end of emergency orders on Monday will coincide with the resumption of ban on construction projects that cause bothersome noise and vibrations in urban areas and tourism spots. Normally in force from 1 May to 15 October, the ordinance was placed on hold in light of the delayed start of the tourist season.

Starting Monday, authorisation will be limited to conduit repairs essential to safety or hygiene, and urgent works previously submitted for review and having obtained express permission from the Consell.

18 June 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

As island prepares for returning visitors, Formentera calls for new normality to include public health controls and tracing protocol

foto 2020 visita armengolWhen Consell de Formentera president and deputy president Alejandra Ferrer and Ana Juan sat down this afternoon with Francina Armengol, the Balearic first minister, and Pilar Costa, the chief of the first minister’s office, it marked the first in-person encounter between the two administrations since the start of the Covid-19 crisis.

Ferrer praised Armengol for the coordination between the Consell and Govern in recent months, and expressed her will to see such cooperation continue beyond lockdown de-escalation, which is set to conclude next week. “Emergency orders will be lifted on Sunday 21 June, but that doesn’t mean the crisis is over”, said Ferrer, who underscored the need for contingency planning with regard to the families and companions of infected tourists: “In our new normality we’ll need to maintain controls on public health and establish tracing protocol in the event that new cases emerge with arriving visitors”.

Ferrer also voiced concerns about domestic and international flight connections, and about the ongoing absence of Europe-wide safety protocol, which she described as “a missed opportunity for a united message”. As for furloughs announced in the midst of the crisis, Ferrer asked for Armengol’s backing in discussions with the central government: “Considering our economy is based exclusively on tourism, and given the short season in 2020, business owners and workers on the island will need help weathering the winter ahead”.

Ferrer additionally highlighted the potential for new opportunities that crises can afford, and suggested that the current juncture may hold out the opportunity for forward strides in terms of sustainability, solidarity and economic diversification, particularly as the island attempts to move away from a summer-centred tourism. “This crisis has laid bare the weakness of Formentera’s highly seasonal economy and the vulnerability that a large swath of our population faces”, Ferrer offered. “We have to realise that a diversified economy will make us more balanced and improve the quality of life for the people who need it most.”

For her part, the Balearic premiere offered a public show of thanks for the efforts of islanders and local government during a loosening of lockdown measures that saw Formentera, thanks to favourable public health figures, enter de-escalation one week ahead of the rest of the archipelago and Spain. “We are well aware that the economic situation is going to be very complicated”, Armengol added.

The premiere pointed out that the number of Formentera families receiving minimum social income (RESOGA) has jumped from 38 pre-coronavirus to 442 today. As well, she highlighted assistance of between €2,000 and €3,000 for self-employed individuals, including €250,000 from the Consell de Formentera, as well as €100,000 that the local government has put up in support of businesses and micro-businesses benefitting from ISBA loans.

Ferrer and Armengol asked islanders and visiting tourists to remain vigilant in terms of safety measures designed to prevent the local spread of Covid-19.

17 June 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Open enrolment at 2020 Escola d'Estiu

The Formentera Department of Youth reports that registration for the Escola d'Estiu will start tomorrow, Thursday 18 June. Signups extend through 24 June and can be completed online on the Virtual Citizen Information Office (OVAC) or in person and by appointment at the Citizen Information Office (OAC, tel: 971 32 10 87).

The Consell de Formentera’s summer programme  for children ages 3 to 12 starts 1 July, with campuses at schools in Sant Francesc, Sant Ferran and La Mola. Priority will go to families for whom balancing work and childcare is problematic, those at increased risk of social and economic hardship and those in which children are receiving special protective attention. Special tuition assistance is available for households particularly affected by the Covid-19 crisis.

Staggered drop-off and pick-up
The Escola d'Estiu daily programme runs from 8.00am to 2.30pm. This year, a system of staggered drop-off and pick-up times will be in place in order to avoid crowding. On registration forms, parents must note their preferred time for drop-off (8.00-8.30am, 8.30-9.00am or 9.00-9.30am) and pick-up (1.30-2.00pm or 2.00-2.30pm).

The main theme of the 2020 programme is health, and the watchword—“Ens cuidam”—centres on personal care. Youth department consellera Vanessa Parellada described the Escola d'Estiu as a crucial resource for local families whose workload typically surges in the high season months of summer, and highlighted the positive impact that educational recreation has on children. “And after three and a half months without school, this year the prospect of an environment where safe socialising, games, leisure and value-based learning can take place is more important than ever”.

Special safety protocol
Special protocol will be in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Group size will be reduced and counsellors will interact exclusively with their assigned groups, abstaining from contact with other children to keep transmission risks to a minimum and forgoing trips outside the centre for the same. Cleaning and disinfecting measures mandated by the authorities will likewise be respected.

For more information, call 971 21 10 87 or email joventut@conselldeformentera.cat.


17 June 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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