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The Port Authority of the Balearic Islands (APB) has decided to set aside one lane of the seafront promenade in the Port of Palma for pedestrians and outdoor cafés and restaurants, with the dual purpose of supporting the economic recovery of the hospitality industry and also facilitating social distancing, which is one of the measures adopted by the Spanish Government to alleviate the negative effects caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.


The Port Authority of the Balearic Islands (APB) has acquired a total of 20 hand-held thermal imaging cameras and one thermal imaging camera for large groups. These cameras are being used in the passenger health checks that the Balearic Government is carrying out in the Islands' public ports, in partnership with the Red Cross.


The Port Authority of the Balearic Islands (APB) has already begun talking to companies in the hospitality industry to terminate the licences authorising the occupancy of public port land with tables and chairs for their outdoor cafés and restaurants, by mutual agreement, so that fees no longer accrue. These occupancy licences were in force at the time the state of alarm was declared and the cafés and restaurants had to stop trading.


This weekend, vehicle access to the Poniente quay road, in the Port of Mahon, will be restricted to residents living in the area. This will increase the amount of space available for pedestrians and will prevent crowds from forming, thus reducing the risk of Covid-19 contagion. This measure, proposed by the Mahon City Council, will initially be implemented between Friday 8th and Sunday 10th May.

Road access between the Costa de Rochina and the Costa de Corea will be restricted on Friday from 8pm to 11pm, and on Saturday and Sunday from 6am to 10am and from 8pm to 11pm.


The Port of Ibiza will be closing off to vehicle traffic the stretch of road between the Formentera ferry passenger terminal and the offices of the Port Authority of the Balearic Islands (APB) between eight in the evening and eleven at night, so that local residents can use this area to go for a walk and do sport during the current de-escalation period and whilst it is compatible with port operations. The measure has been taken with the consensus of the Ibiza Yacht Club, shipping companies, dockers and other port agents operating in the area.

Gráfico 1. Sonido Palma

As in almost all inhabited areas in Spain, the applause for health workers at eight o'clock in the evening have become a daily event in the Balearic Islands' public ports. In this case, local residents are joined by the crews on the ships berthed in the ports.


The Port Authority of the Balearic Islands (APB) has joined the initiative promoted by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and has pledged to sound the horns of the Portopí lighthouse in the Port of Palma and the Botafoc lighthouse in the Port of Ibiza on 1st May in recognition of the work of the shipping industry and seafarers.


The Port Authority of the Balearic Islands (APB) is to renew the road surface on the Ca'n Barbarà bridge heading towards Andratx, in the Port of Palma, on Monday 27th April. The work will run through to 9th May. A lane will be kept open at all times for road traffic.


The Port Authority of the Balearic Islands (APB) has temporarily suspended the occupancy and activity charges normally paid by all of its concessionaires and authorised companies, while the state of alarm decreed by the Spanish Government to manage the health crisis caused by the COVID-19 is still in force.


The Port Authority of the Balearic Islands (APB) would like to thank the islands’ inhabitants for staying at home in an attempt to stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus. The APB has paid its tribute in a video that reminds us that the islands' ports and lighthouses continue to operate to ensure basic supplies.

Thus, the APB acknowledges the efforts people are making to stay at home. The inhabitants, in turn, are safe in the knowledge that they are being supplied with all the essential products they need, such as food, medicines and other basic commodities.



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