A great deal has already been written about Corona and the measures that go with it, and about life on Madeira in a pandemic. I, too, have wasted more words than is good for us. But after a year and a half of the pandemic, we can safely say that life in Madeira has remained nothing but very relaxed.
Life here in the middle of a pandemic is not remotely similar to that in the rest of Europe. Of course, in the beginning, we too had a somewhat scary time what with the state of emergency. But it immediately made it clear what could and could not be done. Shopping was no problem (in one supermarket, toilet paper was on sale) and after the first two months, bars and restaurants simply reopened.
Tourists were welcomed back with open arms from 1 May 2020 and Madeira organised a free testing system for all travellers at the airport. It set an example for many countries. So we rolled through the summer of 2020 in comfort and safety. Without village festivals, but with open bars and restaurants. Around Christmas 2020, there was a curfew. That was because there was a large increase in the number of infections caused by students and migrants returning home to spend the holidays with their family.
But all those infections were mainly in the city of Funchal and in the densely populated areas of Caniço, Machico and Câmara de Lobos. For us, that is far away. We are in the municipality of Calheta in the West, the largest on the island, and we have had one or two cases here from time to time. Often, none at all. In short, life in our part of the island has gone on virtually undisturbed. And the curfew only meant that we had to get home from the pub on time. Nothing to worry about. And all the while, our friends were telling us that in the rest of Europe very little was possible or allowed.
figures going down
The Christmas period is long gone. Infection rates have gone way down. Currently, we have an average of less than 10 per day in Madeira and more are recovered. This is nothing compared to other countries in Europe. Yesterday, 31 May, there was just a single new infection. The curfew went from 6 a.m. or 7 a.m. (weekends and weekdays respectively) to midnight. Meanwhile, a number of other measures have been lifted here. Take your time and read the rules that are in force now.
safe holiday? Madeira is ready for you.
Madeira has done everything to remain a safe area, even in the middle of the pandemic. Anyone who had not been tested before was tested for free on arrival. And now that many people have been vaccinated, there is a ‘green’ corridor at the airport where anyone who arrives tested, cured or vaccinated (and has proof ot it) can proceed unhindered to their final destination. Most new infected people are no longer travellers. They are often young people who, like everybody else, think they are immortal and can get away with ignoring the rules.
more relaxed dan anywhere else
If you want to come to Madeira to enjoy the overwhelming nature or to have a nice swim in the ocean, or enjoy eating out, you can do all that safely and with a good conscience. Our municipality Calheta hardly has any corona cases. We know from our travelling friends that it feels much more relaxed here than in most other places in Europe, and that certainly includes the UK. If you want to know more or if you have specific questions, please leave a comment. Everyone with a question will get an answer. Would you like to have a relaxing holiday in Madeira? Check the calendar to see if our house is free and send us an email with your details.