The ban also targets other accessories that hide the face such as balaclavas and false beards but is already being called a “burka ban.” …
France was the first European country to ban the niqab in public places with a law that took effect in 2011.
German politicians approved a partial ban on “covering the face” last year. According to that legislation, civil servants and officials including judges and soldiers must have their faces uncovered. People can also be required to remove facial coverings in order to match them with their identity papers.
Austria’s law on banning the full-face Muslim garment in public spaces came into force last year.
hat-tip Stephen Neil, Scott of the Pacific