The proposed ban on all face coverings, including the burqa, has been approved by the Cabinet.
Minister of Public Security Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara made the announcement during the post-Cabinet media briefing held today.
Minister Weerasekara had proposed a ban on the burqa and niqab on 13th March.
He had signed the cabinet paper and had handed it over to the Cabinet for approval.
A ban was proposed on the burqa and niqab based on concerns over national security.
However, the Cabinet of Ministers has approved a ban not only on the burqa and niqab, but on all face and head coverings. (Colombo Gazette)