Madeira has become the first Portuguese region to order the wearing of face masks in the street.
An island on which there are currently only eight cases of Covid-19 and on which there have been no deaths from the virus, the measure comes into force on Saturday August 1.
Explain reports, it is part of a package of new restrictions announced by the regional government which is ‘anticipating the return to school in September’.
The move could also be connected to a rally event being staged on the island over the weekend.
Madeira has had a total of 105 cases since the start of the pandemic, 97 of which have been pronounced recovered.
Unlike the majority of Portugal’s mainland areas, Madeira is still operating under a State of Calamity.
Anyone arriving in Madeira by plane has already to be in possession of a negative test for the virus. Passengers are then given temperature checks and have to provide island authorities there and then with all their personal contact details.