General Article Dutch ‘burqa ban’ rendered largely unworkable on first day

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Police and transport companies have signalled unwillingness to enforce face covering ban.

By Daniel Boffey

The Netherlands’ so-called burqa ban has been rendered largely unworkable on its first day in law after both the police and Dutch transport companies signalled an unwillingness to enforce it.

Under the terms of the Partial Ban on Face-Covering Clothing Act, the wearing of ski masks, full-face helmets, balaclavas, niqabs and burqas is prohibited in public buildings including schools and hospitals and on public transport.

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