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Tally of tickets for breaking rules of confinement hits 15

foto 2020 policia 2The Formentera Department of Interior reports that local law enforcement have used legislation from 9 July 2015 on the national protection system (Ley 17/2015) in issuing 15 citations to islanders for flouting confinement orders in the days since the state of alarm was declared. Fines, which are determined by the local office of the Spanish central government, vary from €1,500 to €30,000. Across the board, infractions involved individuals who had left home without a valid motive.

Conseller of the interior Josep Marí insisted that, infractions aside, islanders are generally heeding the rules following the declaration of state of alarm. Formentera’s inhabitants are called on to limit travel to a handful of specific cases. “All non-essential movement is out”, Marí asserted, “and people need to plan their trips to the grocery store wisely and and get them out of the way”. “The experts are saying this week will be crucial in terms of how the crisis develops, so we need to be extremely careful; now isn’t the time to be letting our guard down”.

Both Formentera Local Police and the Civil Guard will continue making traffic stops to see to it people play by the rules of confinement as laid out in the state of alarm, but according to Conseller Marí, “it’s vital people be responsible: we’ve got a tough two weeks ahead of us, but if everyone does their part, we’ll get through it”.

24 March 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Consell continues offering complete catalogue of services on web portal, creates special e-mail address and WhatsApp number for questions

Foto 2020 OVACThe Consell de Formentera reports that, amid the current public health crisis, one of the first steps taken was to halt in-person support at the Citizen Information Office (OAC) to limit the number of visits and minimise personal contact between employees and between employees and islanders.

New technologies consellera Vanessa Parellada pointed out that “all the services typically accessed at the OAC are also offered online on the Virtual Citizen Information Office (OVAC, https://ovac.conselldeformentera.cat)”.

To make things easier for islanders, the following contact numbers have also been made available should questions or issues arise:

E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
WhatsApp: 687209618

The OAC switchboard can be reached, now until 8.30pm, at 971321087.

“OAC personnel are either in at the office, albeit with doors closed to the public, or working from home and responding to inquiries over the phone and by email”, said general services conseller Bartomeu Escandell, who applauded local government employees for “swiftly adapting to ensure uninterrupted and high-quality service”. “They’re answering phones, WhatsApp messages and e-mails”, indicated Escandell, “and if you leave a phone number, they’ll call back and help in any way possible”.

The secretariat additionally reports that the switchboard can also process transactions via fax, at 971322556.

23 March 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Formentera ramps up cleaning in main urban centres

foto 2020 neteja covid1The Formentera Department of Environment reports that since Wednesday, a collaborative effort has been under way with local cleaning contract-holder Ferrovial to sanitise and pressure-wash the busiest areas on the island. Department chief Antonio J Sanz pointed out that the undertaking is happening “in compliance with ministry recommendations and in the interest of the public good”.

The following measures are already being deployed:

-Backpack sprayer application of liquid disinfectant on street furniture in island’s main urban centres. Often low-concentration solution of bleach.

-As is periodically done, local squares are being pressure-washed according to recommendations on water-diluted liquid disinfectant. (Similar actions will be replicated in high-footfall points such as ATMs and supermarkets in urban areas.)

Cleaning crews will be outfitted in special suits, gloves and masks.

The Department of Environment also announces that the woodchipper service for garden clippings has been suspended.

20 March 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Facebook #formenteraesquedaacasa

foto 2020 covid fb perfil2Amid the coronavirus crisis and the prospect now faced by islanders of many hours cooped up at home, the Consell de Formentera has unveiled a new profile on Facebook serving up information about culture, the arts, sport, the environment, music, literature, history and general entertainment. The distinct areas of local government have pledged to post their own contributions to make isolation a little more manageable.

The Consell wishes to applaud islanders once again for their patience and collaboration. To tune in to the latest social-networking offerings, type “Formentera es queda a casa” [Formentera is staying home] in the Facebook search bar and click ‘like’.

Together we’ll make it!

20 March 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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