A public indoor swimming pool near Regensburg has issued a ban on the burqini, which some Muslim women choose to wear for modesty.
The ban was imposed after the pool in Neutraubling held a women-only swim day, the Mittelbayerische Zeitung reported last week.
One young woman chose to swim and do water aerobics in a burqini, eliciting loud complaints from the other women there.
The complaints reached the town officials, who decided to place a ban on the burqini as ‘non-typical’ swim attire.
“Why the burqini as a full-body suit would be necessary to wear during a women’s swim day is for me incomprehensible,” town mayor Heinz Kiechle said.
The newspaper reports that the young woman, who witnesses described as a good swimmer, has not returned to the pool.
The mayor told the newspaper that the ban has to do with a policy that requires “only generally typical apparel” to be worn, giving no exceptions to Muslim women.
The burqini is designed to be a more modest swimsuit for women, covering most of the body, except for the face, and somewhat resembles a wetsuit.
Mayor Kiechle further said that because the pool is financed publicly for all citizens, it would not make sense to make special arrangements for individual religions that may adversely affect the general public.
“This also contradicts the fundamental ideas of integration and mutual understanding, which is always being discussed in many towns.”
I hate the whole concept of a burq anything, but I think the action by the pool unreasonable and counter productive.
If this woman wore a full-body suit because she had a rash, would they still be complaining?
(Nude bathing isn't allowed there either though it is generally allowed on Bavarian lakes)
dlowan wrote:The pool and beaches are run by the town.I hate the whole concept of a burq anything, but I think the action by the pool unreasonable and counter productive.
Due to the regulations and the other already mentioned circumstances, the many of the female local Muslim population uses other indoor/outdoor pools in the neighbourhood, since years.