A burka ban has been come into force Switzerland with Muslims who break the new law forced to pay a fine of almost £8,000.
It is now illegal to wear a face veil in public in the Tessin region following the result of a referendum on the issue in 2013, in which 65 per cent voted in favour of a complete ban.
The anti-burka-law, which bans face veils, burkas and the niqab, came into force on July 1 and will be enforced by police in the area.
Michele Bertini, FDP city council and police director in Lugano, sent out leaflets on the issue in Arabic and an ‘intercultural mediator’ was brought in to train police to deal with the potential fallout.
Anyone caught wearing a veil can be fined up to €9,200 (£7,890).
A national committee has been set up and is collecting signatures to expand the ban across the rest of Switzerland.