It is expected that the new rules will come into force on July 1 of the following year.
The authorities of Canadian Quebec adopted a law that significantly limits the ability to wear any clothing that covers the face. New rules will include, among other things, traditional Muslim clothing items — niqaba, burqas and burqas, writes The Guardian.
In particular, the law prohibits wearing clothes hiding the employees of various public services. This also applies to all citizens who want to use public transport or will be in the premises of state institutions.
The adoption of the law was immediately criticized: most of its authors are accused of deliberately restricting the rights of Muslim women. Opponents of the new law have already stated that they will challenge it in the courts.
The Quebec authorities reject charges and say that the law was adopted to improve security. “We simply believe that for a number of reasons related to communication, identification and security, public services must be provided and received with an open face,” said Québec Prime Minister Philippe Cuillard.