Lombardy in Italy has approved a ban on wearing burqas and Islamic veils in hospitals and local government buildings.
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Simona Bordonali, head of security, civil protection and immigration in the region added that “serious terror attacks” in recent months had forced the region to introduce stricter security measures. He said: “Whoever wants to enter a hospital in Lombardy must be recognisable and present themselves uncovered…The burqa [and the] niqab are therefore banned.” First time an Italian region has explicitly outlawed Islamic face coverings. The new regulation in Lombardy comes into force on the first day of the New Year.
However, this decision has been criticised by Andrea Orlando, the country’s justice minister.