Madeira orders face masks to be worn in street

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.

natasha.donn@algarveresident.com