Austria: Burqa Ban Comes Into Force This Weekend

Austria’s burqa ban comes into force this weekend, but also spells the end for clown masks and football scarves covering the face:

New restrictions come into force in Austria on Sunday banning the wearing of the full Islamic veil and other items concealing the face in public places and buildings.

Also prohibited will be clown disguises, medical masks and scarves to cover faces, with residents only permitted under certain conditions to wear them in public.

The restrictions are aimed at ‘ensuring the cohesion of society in an open society’, it says, and violations will be punished with a fine of up to €150.

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