13 May – Ibiza Covid 19 Update

Covid19 figures for Ibiza & Formentera on 12/05/20 were as follows (via local press)

· 165 cases in total
· 26 Active Cases

· 16 in hospitals being monitored
· 5 in hospitals in intensive care
· 5 under surveillance at home
· 127 Discharged from hospital
· 12 fatalities

· 1 health workers at home being controlled by UVAC
· 5 health workers under ‘active surveillance’

These figures are updated daily at 1pm by Balearic Health Office

Ibiza is now in Phase 1 of the de-escalation process which will last for at least 2 weeks until 24 May. Formentera are likely to go to Phase 2 a week earlier on 17 May and have made a formal request to do so.

Vicent Mari, President of Ibiza’s Island Council, said “I want to emphasise the importance, now more than ever, of the prudence and individual responsibility of everyone. While we were confined it was easier to control movements but now this depends on ourselves and the ability to act with common sense and knowing that going into phase 1 does not mean that everything is over. The disease is still here and each small individual action has repercussions for the entire group”.

Cafe and bar terraces were allowed to open from Monday with strict guidelines however 8 bars were fined in Ibiza Town, 4 for excessive noise and 4 for not respecting the guidelines of 2 metres between tables. In San Antonio 1 bar was denounced for not respecting closing hours.

A passenger who flew from Ibiza to Palma on Monday has filed a complaint with the Guardia Civil saying that the Air Europa plane was near the limit of its capacity. This is the third complaint for similar situations in the Balearic Islands since the start of the state of alarm.

Elderly residents in care homes can have visits from today for the first time in almost 2 months. The visits will be by appointment only and for a maximum of 20 minutes whilst distance must be respected.

The vehicle inspection ITV station has reopened but has a backlog of 10,000 scheduled appointments. Those who have missed their slot can request a new one via a telephone with officials hoping the system will get back to normal from 25 May.

Car drivers in Ibiza Town will have to start paying for the blue zone again from 18 May.

The Spanish Health Ministry is considering making face masks compulsory in most public spaces, currently they are only obligatory on public transport whilst recommended when a safe distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained.

Island President Vicent Mari reacted with anger to the new government guidelines regarding foreign flight arrivals being quarantined for 14 days saying it is a “nonsense” and “a slap in the face” for the Balearic Islands due to the fact that the order only applies during the state of alarm which is due to end at midnight on 23 May. He said “it does not make sense” to launch “this negative message” now especially when there are no international flights to the Balearic Islands and with the European Union planning to announce the security protocol to be applied equally at all airports and ports in the eurozone”. There is a lack of coordination and foresight on the part of the Spanish Government” said Marí.

Fake news stories are still appearing especially over the new phases of de-escalation but local government websites and credible press/social media pages are the best places to gather important information.

The situation is constantly evolving however please follow the guidelines.

Best Regards

With special thanks to Lesley Donald, Tricia Templeton and Julian Cobby

VERY IMPORTANT: INFORMATION TAKEN FROM CREDIBLE PRESS AND GOVERNMENT SOURCES HOWEVER THE SITUATION IS FLUID. THIS UPDATE IS WRITTEN FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY AND I TAKE NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY ERRORS GIVEN IN GOOD FAITH

Author: Martin Makepeace

Englishman living and working in Ibiza since 1991. Entrepreneur with a passion for villas, boats, sunsets and San Antonio. Read my blogs, listen to my podcasts and catch me on Radio One Mallorca every Tuesday morning.

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