The “state of calamity” does not validate mask legislation
The Diario leads today with the story that Alberto João Jardim, former President of Madeira, believes that the Regional Government has no power to decree the mandatory use of a mask on the island, and that the various police forces (GNR and PSP) will not be able to fine those who do not obey the instructions.
The newspaper notes, however, that the controversial legislation has already generated cancellations. Not sure about this – as there are a number of reasons why people might be choosing to cancel their holidays at the moment, with uncertainty about quarantine periods, flights, second waves of the virus…..
JM reports online that a petition to the Regional Government of Madeira was created on Tuesday against the mandatory use of a mask in all public spaces, a measure that will come into force on the 1st of August.
The petition, below, already has 4,560 signatures.
“It was announced that as of August 1, the use of a mask will be mandatory outdoors, on the island of Madeira.
In addition to being something harmful to health, the constant use of a mask has no scientific basis, so we ask the Government Regional of Madeira that removes this measure for the health and well being of the Madeirans”.