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

‘White Lines’….My Verdict

The much hyped White Lines from Netflix landed on our screens on Friday 15 May and it’s fair to say that the response has been ‘mixed’.

Ibiza has rarely fared well on the big or small screen, the warts and all documentary ‘Ibiza Uncovered’ in the late 90s opened the flood gates that has seen many try (and nearly all fail) to capture the magic of the White Isle.

Leaving all the art house stuff aside, the only 2 movies I can remember ticking any boxes with clarity were Harry Enfield’s comic ‘Kevin and Perry Go Large’ and ‘It’s all gone Pete Tong’ with Paul Kaye playing a DJ going deaf. The rest who’ve tried to cash in have usually come up short because even though they started with good intentions they got dragged in to focus on the cliches rather than characters.

The bad news is that White Lines falls through the the same trap door but the good news is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously, quite the opposite. Set in an Ibiza you certainly won’t recognise it centres on the mysterious death of a Manchester promotor 20 years previously and his unhinged sister’s search for the truth

If you’re a White Island aficionado then it will evoke many emotions. If you’re looking for a gritty Ibiza drama/travelogue then you will be bitterly disappointed as it was mostly shot in Mallorca and it’s about as relevant to Ibiza as a wet January weekend in Skegness however if you can come to terms with the fact that Ibiza is purely a tool in a farcical plot then it’s really rather enjoyable tosh to watch.

The sets are sumptuous and the landscape beautiful but it ain’t Ibiza so anyone with a good knowledge of the Island might feel short changed and the Manchester accents are woeful at times but this adds to the proceedings rather than detract from them.

The comic Calafat dynasty at the centre are like a fictional lightweight Corleone clan with a flirty matriarch who doesn’t think twice about masturbating a priest to get her own way while Andreu the head of the family mourns his dead dog with all the emotion of a man suffering from latter stage dementia. The conniving son Oriol (who’s so bad he’s spellbinding) is more shallow than a puddle of rainwater and Kika the good time, rebel sister with no money but a good heart used to be the girlfriend of the irritating murdered Manc with a dodgy Moss Side accent.

Boxer, the family’s security guard/enforcer is there as a bit of eye-candy for the girls with his Fawlty Towers Spanish accent and cheeky chappy Spanglish. Throw in some rich hippies, a comic little and large Rumanian drug dealing duo, a cocaine sniffing dog, a not-so-holy priest, a hint of incest and, as you can see, it’s so ludicrous it’s entertaining. This is Footballers Wives territory.

More cliches than a political party conference, more wood than a carpenters workshop and more cheese than a thousand burger stands but hey, this is fictional TV playing to the masses, nobody said it had to be a true representation and creator Alex Piña, who made his name with the critically acclaimed ‘Money Heist’ doesn’t hold back and obviously/hopefully had a grin on his face as he was writing.

The stellar cast draws you in, Daniel Mays is very good as the perennial loser who’s sex-party organising wife (Angela Griffin) has run off with an oily, rich European while Laura Haddock channels her inner Linda Hamilton/Terminator 2 and goes batshit crazy over the death of her unlikeable, full of himself, brother 20 years previously in a performance with more ham than a pig farm on steroids.

In an ever changing world where we have become obsessed with bad news this is nothing more than harmless escapism, blatantly plagiarising the Ibiza name to give it an extra edge and I, for one, haven’t got a problem with it, it’s definitely better than watching the News.

As Ibiza residents we can sometimes take the White Isle a little too seriously but if you leave that at the door then this can give you a few hours of enjoyment bordering on the ridiculous and that’s more than welcome during these troubled times.

White Lines will last in the memory about as long as as one of the aforementioned cheeseburgers but that’s half the fun. Viva Ibiza and all those who are desperate to ride on her coat tails.

Dedicated to Manchester DJ Dave Booth who has sadly left us. “He made us do it”.

Ibiza Covid19 Update 15 May

Covid19 figures for Ibiza & Formentera on 14/05/20 were as follows (via local press)

· 165 cases in total
· 24 Active Cases

· 16 in hospitals being monitored
· 4 in hospitals in intensive care
· 4 under surveillance at home
· 129 Discharged from hospital
· 12 fatalities
· 3 health workers under ‘active surveillance’

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

Formentera, which hopes to go to phase 2 on Monday 18 May, has completed a whole month with any new cases of Covid19 with the last one reported on 14 April.

Phase 2 will see bars and restaurants able to open up their interior for up 50% of tables inside the premises, without using the bar, as long as the safety distance of 2 metres between tables is respected.

Spain’s regional education chiefs have rejected Pedro Sanchez’ proposal to reopen classrooms for children up to 6 years of age before the end of the school year. It was suggested that this might happen when regions of Spain move into phase 2 but has been described as unworkable and not worth the risk. Final year students of secondary and post-secondary education will be allowed to go to school on a voluntary basis in maximum groups of 15. Most of the regions are in favour of organising activities for these students, especially those preparing for their university entrance examinations.

In an emergency meeting yesterday the 5 Mayors of Ibiza agreed to unify the closing hours of bar and restaurant terraces. They must close by 12am midnight from Monday to Thursday and Sundays and 1am on Friday and Saturday.

Balearic Government President Francina Armengol has been talking up summer tourism for 2020 in a series of tweets yesterday saying that the Balearics is a safe destination and that tourists will have guarantees of safety. She went on to say that she was looking at ways to make the Balearics more affordable to national tourists if the main UK and German markets continue to have problems with travel.

Meanwhile in line with other international carriers the Lufthansa Group announced that they will fly again in early June from Ibiza, Mallorca and Valencia to Frankfurt, Munich, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Cologne and Zurich and hope to cover 150 destinations by the end of June.

The Ibiza Island Council will allocate 1.3 million euros to help the self-employed and small businesses who are struggling during the Covid19 crisis. Ibiza Town will receive 400,000 euros, Santa Eulalia 300,000 euros, San Antonio and Sant Josep will receive 250,000 euros each and 120,000 will go to Sant Joan.

The Balearic Government has presented an economic stimulus package that hopes to streamline administration in certain sectors. The new measures will be written into law and hope to be worth 3500 million euros over the next 2 years affecting 31000 jobs. The sectors involved are mainly tourism and construction plus a focus on single use plastics. However Ibiza Island President Vicent Mari was unimpressed saying that he was given the details only half an hour before the press conference saying “an outline has been explained and that’s fine, it’s a step, but it gives me the impression that we have to read the law when it is published and that it has come up short and Ibiza’s demands have not been taken into account. There is no point in presenting a good philosophy if it is not later translated into facts”.

Meanwhile Mari has also indicated in a TV interview that he is in favour of extending the state of alarm while “there is a need to safeguard health to the maximum” distancing himself from his own PP political party at national level who have already announced that it will vote against an extension in congress.

Santa Eulalia Town Hall has announced that it will ty and help the most vulnerable unable to pay their rent due to the ongoing crisis. The package has a total value of 250,000 euros with a maximum grant of 1400 euros per person – more info here

The number of families who have applied to the Ibiza Red Cross for food aid during the crisis has increased fivefold while a total of 48 people continue to spend the night in the provisional homeless shelter at the Blanca Dona sports centre which has a maximum capacity of 54.

The Island Council has said that drivers who have an expired ITV and were unable to renew due to the closure of the testing station will not be fined during the sate of alarm. The ITV station is now open again.

The ‘Eivissa Oberta’ initiative launched by Ibiza Town Council will open this weekend with 7 new streets exclusively for pedestrians and bicycles. There will be 25 routes open every Saturday and Sunday during the State of Alarm.

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

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

The Phase 1 Conundrum

Ibiza along with Mallorca and Menorca have had the green light and will go to deescalation phase 1 on Monday. It’s great news but brings with it those words that add a certain trepidation …..‘personal responsibility’.

It’s not that Ibiza’s finest can’t be trusted to behave themselves but our numbers have been steady for nearly a month, the only dark spot being when a care home for the elderly reported several new cases over a 24 hour period. Apart from this the graph has been going in the right direction since early April so as much as it will be amazing to slacken off the shackles it’s important that we don’t take 1 step forward and 2 steps back. We need to breathe again but also be responsible.

Today is the start of week 9, it’s been tiring with plenty of ups and downs along the way, not helped by fake news (why do they do that?) and some mixed messages from the Spanish government. Throw in a few baffling do’s and don’ts and the lockdown has taken it’s toll on many so it will be great to get some normality back into our lives although this is now being referred to as the ‘new normal’.

Many of the White Isles bars and restaurants are preparing to reopen which will bring fresh challenges in this surreal new world. The places that cater for locals will continue as before but those that usually deal exclusively with tourists will have to have a rethink and try to reinvent themselves. This will be a good test for the entrepreneurs on how to eek out a living on a tourist island without tourists.

More than ever phase 1 isn’t the time to forget why and how we are in this situation. There’s a global problem and we need to be part of the solution. Ibiza residents have, on the whole, played a massive part (especially those poor kids cooped up in small apartments for 6 weeks) but it’s worth remembering that this isn’t the beginning of the end, it’s probably not even the end of the beginning, it’s just one small step in the right direction that will lead us back to the promised land and by following the guidelines we can confidently turn small steps into giant strides.

Social distancing isn’t the cure to this problem but it does buy us time until a cure is found. The cure could be just around the corner but until then we need to be stay alert and be aware of potential risks especially to the more vulnerable amongst us.

Bring on Phase 1 , it’s a stepping stone to phase 2 then on to phase 3 and so on. That beer on the terrace on Monday evening will never taste so good.

Ibiza Covid19 Update 08 May

Covid19 figures for Ibiza & Formentera on 07/05/20 were as follows (via local press)

· 164 cases in total
· 35 Active Cases

· 23 in hospitals being monitored
· 5 in hospitals in intensive care
· 7 under surveillance at home
· 117 Discharged from hospital
· 12 fatalities

· 2 health workers at home being controlled by UVAC
· 12 health workers under ‘active surveillance’
· 30 days without any new cases admitted to intensive care

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

· After much political manoeuvring Spanish politicians agreed on Wednesday to extend the current state of alarm until midnight on the 23 May taking it to 10 weeks in total.

· The Balearic Government has said that the ERTE scheme where employees are paid 70% of their salary by the state will be kept in place as long as necessary as a protection tool until the tourism sector can recover.

· All of Spain’s regions including the Balearic Islands have requested to move to Phase 1 of the deescalation process except for Catalonia and Castilla y León. The Government will announce today or tomorrow which regions can exit phase 0 and advance to phase 1

· Phase 1 limits Spanish residents to their own province but allows them to meet with up to 10 people provided that social distancing is observed. Amongst the measures will include establishments able to open their terraces up to 50% of usual capacity, outdoor markets at 25% and religious celebrations at 30%. Stores that measure less than 400 square meters can open at 30% of their usual capacity.

· Balearic Health Minister Patricia Gómez calculated yesterday that 1 in 50 people on the islands may have Covid19 antibodies although she stressed that she only had preliminary data from 10% of the analyses. Sra Gomez also said that the rapid tests being carried out on boat trips between Ibiza and Formentera are a pilot test not a general formula. Spanish Head of Infectious Diseases Dr Javier Arranz previously said that the the real value of the rapid tests is to detect those who require a full PCR test.

· Ibiza and San Jose Town halls have announced that they will not charge businesses for terraces this summer with the other councils expected to follow suit. San Jose also announced that terraces can occupy up to double the usual space as long as it does not affect passageways or encroach on the space of another business.

· The Island Council of Ibiza will unveil plans to increase public transport frequency to meet demand as Ibiza enters phase 1. The capacity of bus users will remain at 50% and the new plans will try to offer close to 50% of the service available before the lockdown began.

· Swimming in the sea is prohibited until phase 3 of the de-escalation process comes into force which currently means 08 June for Ibiza and 01 June for Formentera.

· From 14 May Mercadona will start to sell disposable hygienic masks in packs of 10 for 6 euros each under the Deliplus brand to meet the needs of its customers, the chain will also increase their opening hours from 11 May to 9am-8pm.

· Ibiza Town Hall will start its ‘Eivissa Oberta’ project this weekend which aims to expand public space for pedestrians and bicycles on Saturdays and Sundays. The plan is to open up more than 15,000 square meters for pedestrians to enjoy walks safely whilst maintaining safety distances recommended by health authorities.

Fake news stories are still appearing especially over the new phases of deescalation 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


Ibiza Covid19 Update – 05 May

Covid19 figures for Ibiza & Formentera on 04/05/20 were as follows (via local press)

· 161 cases in total
· 33 Active Cases
· 20 in hospitals being monitored
· 6 in hospitals in intensive care
· 7 under surveillance at home
· 116 Discharged from hospital
· 12 fatalities

· 2 health workers at home being controlled by UVAC
· 11 health workers ‘active surveillance’
· 27 days without any new cases admitted to intensive care

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

Since the start of the health crisis Can Misses hospital has almost doubled its capacity from 240 to 435 with intensive care spaces increasing from 12 to 44 beds, 22 dedicated to Covid19 patients.

Formentera entered phase 1 of the de-escalation process yesterday, one of the first areas in Spain to do so. To keep potential new cases to a minimum all ferry passengers underwent a temperature control, had a rapid antibody test and completed a questionnaire. Some passengers had to stay ashore after testing positive in this rapid test and are awaiting the results of a PCR that will tell them whether or not they have the disease or have already passed it. Formentera is the first place in Spain where these controls are being carried out.

Formentera Consell President Alejandra Ferrer said that the Island is now in “a very, very important” phase where “individual and collective responsibility is required”.

Balearic Mobility Minster Marc Pons has asked central government in Madrid for an increase in inter-island flights from 11 May when the 3 main islands will most likely enter Phase 1 of de-escalation process.

A police agent was attacked on Talamanca beach on Sunday morning when confronting an adult swimming in the sea at 11.30am. The accused, an Argentine national, was arrested for attempted murder and is reported to be an expert in marshal arts. The officer received injuries to his neck and the incident was filmed on a mobile phone and went viral appearing on Spanish national news.

Carmen Planas, the President of the Balearic Business Associations has said that 90% of companies able to open in phase 0 of the deescalation have chosen not to do so because of “confusion, doubts and the inability to be profitable”. Many businesses are waiting until phase 1 starts to open their doors.

Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez faces a challenge to extend the current state of alarm that ends on 9 May. Minority leader Sanchez has indicated that he wants to extend for a further 2 weeks but some opposition parties and regional leaders are fundamentally against the plan. Popular Party (PP) leader Pablo Casado, said that “prolonging the state of alarm beyond a 60-day period makes no sense” but Sanchez responded that if the state of alarm is no longer in effect, “some people will have to go back to work, others back to their studies and the ERTE scheme, that guarantee jobs will be maintained, will no longer have a force majeure reason to justify them”.

The Spanish government is working with the regions to establish a maximum limit for classrooms for the upcoming school year in order to minimise the risk of contagion, the likely limit is 15. Some regions allow for as many as 28 children in primary school classes and up to 40 in high schools but the Education Ministry and the regional governments say that splitting classes is impossible due to teacher numbers so the likely solution will be a morning and afternoon shift system or alternate days or weeks, studying from home for the rest of the time.

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

The situation is constantly evolving however the message is clear – please follow the guidelines and together we will beat this disease.

Best Regards – Stay Safe and Stay Home

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

01 May – Ibiza Covid19 Update

Covid19 figures for Ibiza & Formentera on 30/04/20 were as follows (via local press)

· 158 cases in total
· 39 Active Cases
· 20 in hospitals being monitored
· 7 in hospitals in intensive care
· 12 under surveillance at home
· 107 Discharged
· 12 fatalities

· 2 health workers at home being controlled by UVAC
· 14 health workers ‘active surveillance’
· 3 days without any new cases
· 23 days without any new cases admitted to intensive care
· 21 days since last fatality

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

Its been a busy week for news! Firstly on Tuesday, Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez announced a 4 phase de-escalation approach to the current confinement measures. Different regions will have different timeframes depending on health advice but here’s a brief overview.

Phase 0 (measures include)
All residents able to exercise from tomorrow (details further down)
Small businesses able to open if they offer appointments
Restaurants can offer takeaways, hardware stores can reopen
Hairdressing salons by appointment only

Phase 1 (measures include)
Travel to 2nd homes allowed if in same province
Social contact between low risk people in the same town allowed
Car travel with people from same household
Cafe terraces can open at 30% of their usual capacity
Hotels can reopen but with no common areas

Phase 2 (measures include)
Restaurants/bars/Indoor venues can open to up to 30% occupancy
Educational centres can open for minors whose parents are both key workers
Hunting and fishing allowed, cultural places up to a 3rd of its capacity
Outdoor venues can reopen to a maximum of 400 (must be seated)

Phase 3 (measures include)
A relaxation of restrictions with a continued recommendation to wear masks outside of the home and on public transport. This phase is likely to be implemented in mid-June and will allow for visits to senior homes under conditions that will be established later.
Bars and restaurants will be able to open with a limit of 50% of capacity.

Ibiza is hoping to enter Phase 1 on Monday 4 May however this is yet to be confirmed. Each phase will be for a minimum of 2 weeks. In the best case scenario for some it will last 6 weeks and for others a maximum of 8 weeks. PM Sanchez said “by the end of June we will be in the new normal, the horizon is planned”

Yesterday Spanish Health Minister Salvador Illa announced a daily timetable for exercise from this weekend

ADULTS/14-17 YEAR OLDS:
1 hour walks alone or with 1 other member from same household
Must remain within a 1km radius of their home
Hours: 6-10am & 8-11pm

KIDS UNDER 14:
Max of 3 kids with 1 adult from same home
Max 1 hour/1 km radius from their home
Hours: 12pm-7pm

SENIORS OF 70+ & THOSE WITH CARERS:
Max 1 hour/1 km radius from their home
Hours: 10am-12pm & 7-8pm

Note: This timetable doesn’t apply to municipalities with less than 5000 residents however all of Ibiza’s 5 municipalities exceed this number

· Vicent Mari, President of Ibiza Island Council said yesterday that even if Ibiza starts phase 1 on Monday the problems for tourism will not be solved. He stressed that the resumption of ordinary flights to the island is not expected “for 2 or 3 months, depending on the scenario drawn up by the central and the Balearic government.” He said that entering directly into phase 1 is good news because it gives hope for a minimal tourist season that could occur in the middle of July or August based mainly on domestic tourism although he reiterated that 2020 will be a “difficult and hard” season. He also stressed that the important thing is to recover “little by little” to achieve normality and overcome the health crisis.

Amnesia have announced that they have cancelled their programme for May and June but signed off with “WE WILL DANCE TOGETHER AGAIN SOON”.

Spanish Authorities have specifically warned about fake news so local government websites and credible press/social media pages are the best places to gather important information, please pass on wherever possible.

The situation is evolving every day however the message is very clear – please follow the guidelines and together we will beat this disease and get on with the rest of our lives.

Best Regards – Stay Safe and Stay Home

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

28 April – Ibiza Covid19 Update

Covid19 figures for Ibiza & Formentera on 27/04/20 were as follows (via Periodico de Ibiza)

· 158 cases in total
· 45 Active Cases
· 25 in hospitals being monitored
· 7 in hospitals in intensive care
· 12 under surveillance at home
· 101 Discharged
· 12 fatalities

· 2 health workers at home being controlled by UVAC
· 28 health workers ‘active surveillance’
· 20 days without any new patients admitted to Intensive Care
· 6 new confirmed infections in the last 8 days

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

Ibiza and Formentera health service has carried out 1066 tests so far on professionals and interns at the islands residential care homes. 514 for patients and 552 to professionals. Of the total number of tests carried out, 27 have been positive: 14 in the Reina Sofia residence, 10 in Can Blai and another 4 in Cas Serres.

Rosario Clinic, the private hospital in Ibiza Town, has said that it has carried out over 2000 rapid tests since April 6 with approximately 8% coming back positive.

The Balearic Islands welcomed a new shipment of more than 1.4 million FFP2 masks on Saturday in the addition to the 87 tons of material that the region has already received.

On Sunday, Ibiza and the rest of Spain experienced its 1st day of relaxed confinement since the start of the crisis. Children under the age of 14 are now allowed out for up to 1 hour per day exercise when accompanied by an adult from the same household.

Although images shared via social media seemed to suggest otherwise the Spanish Interior Ministry said that there were “no serious or widespread breaches” but also said that “if necessary we will strengthen surveillance in specific areas”. Defence Minister Margarita Robles issued a word of caution saying that if citizens do not comply with social distancing precautions then there might be a setback to the deescalation of confinement mesures.

Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez is due to make an announcement in the next days on whether adults and teens aged 14-17 (who are still only allowed out for essentials) will be allowed out for exercise. This is expected to be get the green light for the coming weekend.

Sanchez said “If we act with prudence, this 1st relief measure will be followed by another one a week later, if the evolution of the pandemic keeps moving in a positive manner, starting on 2 May, outings will be allowed for individual activity and for walks with the people that we live with.”

Spanish Health Minister Salvador Illa has asked autonomous regions for suggestions on a workable daily timetable for controlled outings to make it easier for local authorities to monitor. He will discuss again today before detailed plans are put forward to be approved.

Guardia Civil and the Local Police arrested 1 person and issued fines to a further 18 on Sunday when they broke up a house party at a private villa in San Jose. Officers were alerted to a property called Ca na Xica after the organiser had put up a sign at the entrance as well as hiring a DJ and catering. Even in lockdown there’s no accounting for stupid it would seem.

Local Police in Santa Eulalia have filed 14 complaints for confinement breaches over the last few days. On Saturday they issued fines to 3 members of the same family who were having a BBQ in a communal area of a residential block in Cala Llonga.

Local Police in Ibiza Town carried out 49 controls last week by 187 officers. 2676 people were identified and 41 fines were handed out, none of them with regards to the new guidelines for children’s outings.

Ibiza lawyers have voiced fears that judicial waiting times on the island will increase substantially as a result of the Covid19 crisis, the system was already under pressure due to an arson attack on the courthouse in Ibiza Town.

The Ministry of Education has released dates for the 2020-2021 school year in Balearics which will begin on 10 September and end on 22 June 2021. There will be 176 school days for students in Infant, Primary, Secondary, ‘Bachillerato’ (6th form) and Special Education.

Vicent Mari, President of Ibiza’s Island Council is proposing new measures to boost economic activity. He wants to streamline the granting of licences for reforms that don’t involve land, encourage improvement in the islands hotel sector, put a new framework together that makes inspections more agile to combat intrusiveness and encourage more energy efficiency in homes.

San Antonio Council has announced a social and economic fiscal package worth more than 1.3 million euros aimed at ‘helping families and companies face the crisis and to boost the economy and tourist activity of the municipality’.

Mayor Marcos Serra said that the voluntary payment period and the payment of fees and taxes will be extended without incurring interest. 250,000 euros will also be allocated “to help small and medium-sized companies and the self-employed affected by the closure of their business”. Please speak to your gestoria/financial adviser for more information.

Spanish Authorities have specifically warned about fake news so local government websites and credible press/social media pages are the best places to gather important information, please pass on wherever possible.

The situation is evolving every day however the message is very clear – please follow the guidelines and together we will beat this disease and get on with the rest of our lives.

Best Regards – Stay Safe and Stay Home

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


24 April – Ibiza Covid19 Update

Covid19 figures for Ibiza & Formentera on 23/04/20 were as follows (via Periodico de Ibiza)

· 154 cases in total
· 57 Active Cases
· 26 in hospitals being monitored
· 10 in hospitals in intensive care
· 21 under surveillance at home
· 85 Discharged
· 12 fatalities

· 23 health workers under ‘active surveillance’
· 16 days without new patients admitted to Intensive Care
· 15 days without any new contagions of Health Workers

The latest fatality was Señora Andrea García, the matriarch of the famous Juan y Andrea Restaurant on Illetas beach in Formentera. Sra Garcia was in her late 70’s and had underlying health issues. This is Formentera’s first fatality due to the virus

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

The lockdown is now officially until midnight on the evening of Saturday 9 May.

After initially saying that from 26 April children would only be allowed out to supermarkets banks and chemists with their parents the Spanish government performed a U-Turn after widespread criticism from all quarters.

From 9am on Sunday morning children up to 14 are allowed to leave their home as follows:

· From 9am-9pm avoiding busy periods
· Maximum of 1 hour
· Within maximum of 1 km of the family home
· Must be with a responsible adult from the same household
· Maximum of 3 children with 1 adult at any one time
· Must stay within a controllable distance of the adult
· Must respect the existing social distancing guidelines with respect to others
· Permitted to run, play and do exercise respecting existing social distancing guidelines
· They can use their own toys (ball, scooter etc) but cannot use public or communal play parks/areas
· In rural areas the use of countryside and forests is allowed but must respect the existing social distancing guidelines
· Any children showing symptoms of the virus or are in quarantine are not allowed out of the house

Spanish Health Minister Salvador Illa said that these outings must be carried out “with utmost caution” in accordance with the 3 priorities in the fight to slow the spread of the coronavirus:
· Maintain a physical distance of between 1.5 to metres
· Frequently wash hands
· Maintain strict hygiene when using public spaces.
The minister recommended children wear face masks, but warned that this “must not exempt the other three measures.”

Ibiza’s institutions plan to present a battery of 10 measures today aimed at reducing the financial pressure and to encourage the economy. The objective is that the Island comes together to avoid inequalities if each municipality deployed its own measures. Some of the proposals are the deferment of payment of taxes, facilitate interest-free payment plans, reduce the payment of fees proportionally to any period of inactivity and promote public works. More details will be published in due course.

On Wednesday 167,500 face masks were delivered to Ibiza and Formentera from Mallorca to help supply the 48 pharmacies on the islands. The masks will have a maximum price of 0.96 euros per unit (VAT included). This is the maximum price set by authorities.

Since the start of the Covid-19 crisis Ibiza Town City Council has invested 100,000 euros in PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for municipal workers, as reported by a press release.

New information regarding rental payments to private and commercial landlords came into force as of 23 April – Read more info here via Citizens Advice Bureau Spain. Please see your financial advisor or gestoria for more details as every situation is different.

The private Rosario Health Clinic in Ibiza Town has already treated 10 Covid19 patients with ozone therapy and in 8 cases it had a ‘spectacular’ result, said a spokeswoman. 7 of 8 patients have already been discharged and the other will be able to return home shortly. The treatment consists of mixing the blood (a max of 200 cm3) with ozone every 12 hours in the case of the seriously ill and every 6 hours in the most serious for a maximum of 5 days. Sources at the private hospital centre said that for suitable patients there is an ‘immediate change’ in their situation in the 1st 24 hours.

Spanish Authorities have specifically warned about fake news so local government websites and credible press/social media pages are the best places to gather important information, please pass on wherever possible.

The situation is evolving but the message is very clear – please stay at home and keep a cool and calm head. By following these guidelines, together, we will beat this disease and get on with the rest of our lives.

Best Regards – Stay Safe and Stay Home

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.