The local government of Ticino, Switzerland is banning burkas and niqabs.
The Local reports, “citizens in the Italian-speaking canton in the south of Switzerland supported the ban in a referendum in September 2013, with around two in three voters backing the move.”
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The government had wanted the ban on burqas and niqabs to apply to other face coverings too such as masks, however, members of parliament only voted for a law applying to the wearing of Muslim veils.
According to Act for America, the minimum fine is 100 francs (£65) and women can be given a penalty of up to 10,000 francs (£6,500).
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The law applies to tourists too. People visiting will be informed by customs that is unlawful to hide your face.
Meanwhile in Canada, you are allowed to wear a niqab during citizenship ceremonies and even while voting.
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