Madeira expects full reopening in October with 70% of the population vaccinated

The Government of Madeira expects the total reopening of activities to take place in October and has scheduled for the first week of this month to hold the Flower Festival, one of the largest tourist events in the region, said the chief executive today.

“The first big event and the reopening, as it were, of normality, will be the Flower Festival, which is intended to be held in the first week of October, after about 70% of the population is vaccinated,” said Miguel Albuquerque.

The minister was speaking on the sidelines of the presentation of the new image ‘Marca Madeira’, which will signal all the promotion and communication material of the destination, at Praça do Povo, in Funchal.

Miguel Albuquerque, who leads the PSD / CDS-PP coalition executive, reaffirmed that health authorities expect to vaccinate 70% of the archipelago’s population by September, with around 260,000 inhabitants.

According to the latest data, about 60,000 doses of vaccines against covid-19 have been administered in the region, which registered 310 active cases of covid-19 on Sunday, out of a total of 8,599 confirmed since March 2020, and 71 deaths associated with the disease.

“In the first week of October we are going to have the Flower Festival in the traditional way and some events will be scheduled in the following months,” he said, emphasizing that until then there will be no other large-scale event.

The Flower Festival usually takes place in May and is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the region, attracting thousands of tourists and Madeirans to Funchal, but the date and its costume were changed in 2020 due to the containment measures of the new coronavirus.

From Diário Notícias

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