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Consell opens Deixalleria for appointments

The Formentera Department of Environment reports that the decision was made to open the municipal household waste and recycling centre, or Deixalleria, Monday to Saturday from 8.00am to 1.30pm. The centre will open by request from today; islanders who wish to obtain an appointment must phone 971 41 02 02. A thirty-minute margin will be maintained between appointments to ensure no overlap occurs between service users.

On a related note, it’s crucial everyone abides by hours for drop-off of rubbish and glass at kerbside bins: 8.00am to 11.00pm for the former and 8.00am to 11.00pm for the latter. Other categories of waste may be dropped off at any time.

6 April 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Consell launches online portal so islanders can follow Antoni Blanc fitness centre’s guided activities

The Formentera Department of Sports has unveiled a virtual access point so users of municipal fitness centre Poliesportiu Antoni Blanc can continue taking part in some of the classes they attended before confinement measures took effect.

Dubbed ‘Sports at home on Formentera’ (Esports a casa a Formentera), the YouTube channel launched today. Three classes are scheduled for the first week, 6–13 April—two in functional training and one designed to help participants build joint flexibility and strengthen their core.

Classes are exclusively for individuals who signed up before lockdown. Participants will receive a link once a week allowing them to connect and see videos.

Department chief Paula Ferrer encourages fitness centre users and islanders alike to take a bit of exercise these days to maintain healthy habits.

Esports a casa a Formentera is just one fitness activity on offer—others, like pilates and zumba, can be found on the ‘Formentera es queda a casa’ site on Facebook.

6 April 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Sanitising operations at La Savina port

foto 2020 exercit estacio maritima4A ground army team of basic-level sappers and agents specialised in disinfection from the Balearic Islands General Command veterinary unit began sanitising operations at La Savina port after arriving by boat this morning. Efforts centred on the harbour, the two embarkment areas and the passenger wharfs, that is, the piers and a wharf devoted to sea travel.

Unit chief Xisco Garcia Fluxà explained that the men would take the full day and concentrate on “areas of likely coronavirus contamination”, saying the process would require water and bleach solutions applied with sprayers and vapour applicators.

The efforts are part of an operation called ‘Balmis’ being implemented by the central government in response to Covid-19. The operation will send more than 2,500 agents from the Military Emergencies Unit, Royal Guard and three armed forces to 172 towns across Spain.

4 April 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

New mobility order


Yesterday, Consell de Formentera president Alejandra Ferrer signed a new mobility decree laying out the following reductions in public transport service:

1) Buses:

- Reduction of service to 66% of normal level; merging of L1 and L2 routes into a single line linking island’s major towns; service to port for townspeople and Hospital health workers at departure and arrival times of passenger ferries.

Updated times will begin Monday 6 April 2020 and remain in effect for the duration of the state of alarm. For pick-up along certain portions of route, riders must call 695 16 16 36 one hour prior to scheduled stop (or before 9.00pm for the first trip of the next day). No bus service on Saturday afternoons, Sundays or holidays.

2) Taxis:

- Reduction of service to 20% of normal level, bringing total number of operational taxis from 25 to 5. Service for arriving ferry passengers from Port de la Savina bus stop; other travellers must request service by calling 971 32 23 42. Taxi service shall determine shift rotation.

Measures established by preceding decrees remain in effect the present document notwithstanding. For example, hygiene and informational measures decreed by health authorities remain in effect in buses and taxis, and increased sanitising measures must focus on high-touch surfaces. Standing protective measures involve safety of public transport staff.

Two measures in particular bear repeating: buses must not exceed 33% capacity, and taxi passengers must not exceed one per vehicle, save for riders requiring assistance such as minors, the sick, individuals with reduced mobility or in cases with other valid motives. Taxi passengers must ride in the back seat, and multiple passengers must maintain one empty space between them.

Lastly, in an effort to reduce any non-essential movement of vehicles, blue and green zone metred parking remains suspended, as does enforcement of restrictions on overflow lot parking.

4 April 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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