The law was based on Dutch legislation that banned wearing a veil in public, according to the Chamber of Deputies website.
Luxembourg’s law forbids wearing a burqa or niqab:
- On public transport
- In state and private schools, crèches and daycare centres
- At hospitals and healthcare facilities
- In retirement homes, except in residents’ rooms
- Inside courts and public buildings, including commune halls
Exceptions are granted for artistic performances, cultural events and for medical reasons (with a doctor’s note).
Offenders face fines of €25 to €250.
The measure passed on Thursday 26 April with a small majority. 32 MPs--from the government coalition parties DP, LSAP and Greens--voted in favour, the chamber said. 28 MPs--from the opposition parties CSV, ADR and Left--voted against. The bill’s rapporteur was the Green MP Viviane Loschetter.
In August 2017, the Assembly of the Muslim Community of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg called the issue a “fake debate”. The group has estimated that between 12 and 16 Muslim women in Luxembourg wear full veils.