Covering of the face in a manner which prevents anyone from being identified, has been banned by President Maithripala Sirisena under the emergency regulations.
The ban will be in effect from tomorrow, the President’s office said.
Other face covering kits will also be banned under the Emergency Regulations.
Under the new regulations 32A and 32B drafted in the Gazette Extraordinary No. 2121/1 along with several other amendments the public will be prohibition from wearing any garment, clothing or other material concealing the full face.
Under the new law full face means the whole face of a person including the ears.
No person can wear in any public place any garment, clothing or such other material concealing the full face which will in any manner cause any hindrance to the identification of a person.
The ban has been implemented for national security following the Easter Sunday bombings.
Yesterday the National Thawheed Jammath (NTJ) and Jamathei Millathu Ibraheem (JMI) were banned in Sri Lanka.
President Maithripala Sirisena, in terms of the powers vested in him as the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka under Emergency Regulations No. 01 of 2019, had taken steps to ban the National Thawheed Jammath (NTJ) and Jamathei Millathu Ibraheem (JMI) in Sri Lanka.
As such, all activities of those organizations as well as their property will be seized by the Government. (Colombo Gazette)