Ibiza Covid19 Update – 20 May

Covid19 figures for Ibiza & Formentera on 19/05/20 were as follows (via local press)

· 168 cases in total
· 22 Active Cases
· 14 in hospitals being monitored
· 4 in hospitals in intensive care
· 4 under surveillance at home
· 134 Discharged from hospital
· 12 fatalities
· 2 health workers at home being controlled by UVAC
· 8 health workers under ‘active surveillance’

These figures are updated daily by Balearic Health Office

After originally proposing a further 1 month extension to the State of Alarm the Spanish Coalition Government backtracked after it became clear that it would be difficult to get the support required from other political parties. After reaching an agreement with Ciudadanos a 2 week extension to 07 June will be formally ratified in the coming days.

The Spanish Health Ministry announced on Monday evening that the use of face masks in Spain will be obligatory in closed spaces and on public streets where 2 metre distances cannot be respected. The exact wording of the emergency law will be published later today.

Formentera has now gone into phase 2 with Ibiza hoping to follow on Monday 25 May- Phase 2 allows the use of beaches and the municipal town halls are working on specific guidelines but the 2 metre distance must be followed with groups of up to a maximum of 15 people. There also needs to be a maximum capacity for each beach with a dedicated entrance and exit.

Controls carried out by the Guardia Civil at the port of Ibiza have prevented 34 people from travelling to Formentera since the State of Alarm started with the majority of cases coming the last few days. It is not allowed to travel between the islands unless you can justify through work or residency.

So far during during the State of Alarm the Balearic Government has issued more than 21,500 denuncias that may end with fines. The government continues to stress the importance of maintaining an interpersonal distance of 2 metres, to avoid crowds and continue with hygiene measures such as washing hands regularly with soap and water.

President of the Balearic Government said that the tourist season on the islands will begin to recover in July and August with the process starting in mid-June with the arrival of national flights plus a pilot scheme to bring the 1st tourists from Germany to Mallorca. This comes after Spanish Transportation Minister, José Luis Ábalos, said on Monday that if the coronavirus deescalation process goes well the tourism sector will be reactivated at the end of June but ‘Spain must be an attractive country from a healthcare perspective’ and that tourists will need confidence to travel here. Spain has now lifted restrictions on flight and ferry connections with Italy but this doesn’t apply to cruise ships which are banned indefinitely for the time being.

Ryanair plans to resume international connections to Ibiza from 01 July with flights from 11 countries – Germany, Austria, Belgium, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Holland, Poland and United Kingdom. The countries with most connections are Italy with 14 airports and UK with 9 airports.

SEPE – the Public State Employment Service in the Balearics has apologised for the extended wait that some workers have experienced for payments to those on the ERTE scheme, they attributed the delay to the ‘enormous saturation’ since the start of the state of alarm and asked for patience but assured that all payments be received shortly.

San Antonio council will allow bar and cafe terraces to be expanded to up to twice the existing levels subject to authorisation but passageways and access for emergency vehicles must be maintained at all times. All terraces have strict hygiene guidelines.

Beware of fake news – 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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