An Austrian ban on full face veils went into effect on Oct. 1st.
The law is called the “prohibition for the covering of the face",but is commonly known as the burqa ban.
Although the law also bans other face coverings like ski masks and party masks in certain situations, the law is believed to primarily target Muslim religious coverings.
Breaking the law carries a fine and allows police to use force on people who refuse to show their face.
Out of the approximately 700,000 muslims living in Austria, only about 150 women choose to wear full face veils.
The government says the law is protecting Austrian values.
However, a spokeswoman for the Austrian Islamic Religious Authority said the law threatens open society by restricting muslim women’s right to wear whatever they want.
France and Belgium enacted similar laws in 2011 while the Netherlands and Germany are considering their own measures.