Don't cover your face in Meise

The Flemish municipality of Meise, just north of the city of Brussels, wants police to be able to identify everyone at any time. It is forbidden to walk in the street with your face covered.

"It's just the face that can't be covered: the forehead, the cheeks, the eyes, ears, nose and chin. It's think that's clear", explains Mayor Marcel Belgrado (Christian Democrat).

Mr Belgrado cites safety reasons for the ban. "If someone is walking in the street, police should be able to identify him or her. It could be a person with a criminal record who is wanted. That's the least we can do to keep our municipality safe."

Mr Belgrado insists that the ban has nothing to do with a ban on head scarves for immigrants.