“(President Maithripala Sirisena) has made this resolution to strengthen nationwide safety in addition to to not inconvenience any demographic group in order to create a peaceable and harmonious society in Sri Lanka,” stated the presidential assertion, which was launched Sunday.
The ban took impact Monday, and applies to something overlaying the face, which might embrace burqas, niqabs and helmets or masks.
“All kinds of face covers that hinders the identification of people in a manner that threatens nationwide safety shall be banned with impact from 29 April 2019 as per Emergency Rules,” the assertion stated.
“The order specifies that the bottom criterion for identification is the flexibility to see the face of a person clearly.”
A burqa is a garment worn by some Muslim girls that covers all the physique, with mesh over the eyes. The niqab is a full-face veil with a gap for the eyes.
The bombings investigation continues
Police suppose the Nationwide Tawheed Jamath, an area extremist group, could also be behind the Easter bombings, however ISIS has claimed duty. A hyperlink between the attackers and the phobia group has not been confirmed.
CORRECTION: This story has been up to date to make clear all face coverings have been banned within the nation.