Dutch lawmakers have approved a ban on wearing face-covering Islamic veils in some public places, including schools, hospitals and on public transport, reports the Independent.
The rule will outlaw all face coverings including ski-masks and helmets and will not apply to public streets.
Few women in the Netherlands wear Islamic veils – such as the niqab and burqa – but the issue has been hotly debated for years.
An outright ban is one of the central demands of the anti-Islam opposition Freedom Party, which is leading in polls ahead of elections in March.
"Face-covering clothing will in future not be accepted in education and healthcare institutions, government buildings and on public transport," the government said in a statement after the cabinet backed Interior Minister Ronald Plasterk's bill.
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