Sri Lanka has banned face coverings in public, following a spate of suicide attacks on Easter Sunday that killed at least 250 people and injured hundreds.
President Maithripala Sisirsena said he was using an emergency law to impose the restriction from Monday.
Any face garment which “hinders identification” will be banned to ensure national security, his office said.
Sri Lanka remains on high alert eight days after Islamist attacks that hit churches and hotels.
Dozens of suspects have been arrested, but local officials warned that more militants remained at large.
Last week a Sri Lankan MP had proposed a ban on women wearing the Burqa, saying it should be outlawed on security grounds.
Sunday church services were cancelled across the country as a precaution, but worshipers in the capital gathered to pray outside St Anthony’s Shrine, which was badly damaged in the attacks.
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