According to the national broadcaster DR, the draft of the legislation says that it will ban the “wearing of clothing items that cover the face in public places,” i.e. scarves, helmets, masks, fully-covering costumes, false beards, etc. The report also suggests the police make a decision on which items fall within the ban, and allow them if they serve a “worthy purpose.” It added that people would still be able to wear hats and scarves in cold weather.
The authorities insisted that a violation of the burqa ban be punishable by a fine of 1,000 kroner (approximately $167) or imprisonment for up to three months. A government committee is set to discuss the draft proposal next week, DR reported.
A spokesman for Denmark’s Liberal Party Jacob Elleman-Jensen had previously said “This is not a ban on religious clothing, this is a ban on masking.”
According to researchers, around 200 women in the country wear burka or niqab.
In October 2017, Austria introduced its own burqa ban, and days after it was brought in, the police fined a man wearing a shark costume for breaking the anti-burqa law. Cyclists were also reportedly stopped for covering their faces with scarves.
Little while back, Austria enforced its so-called "Burqa Ban" against a dude who illegally had his face covered while working to advertise a store by dancing on the sidewalk… in costume as a shark.— Warren Terra (@warren__terra) 11 ноября 2017 г.
Beware the stealthily advancing Sharkria. Du dum. Da dum.