Anger as Basel pool bans ‘maxi burqinis’

A swimming pool in Basel which is popular with Muslims has banned certain types of burqinis as part of a suite of rule changes designed to improve conditions at the venue.

The ban on looser burqinis has been introduced because pool staff can no longer distinguish these garments and street clothes, the director of Basel’s sports department Peter Howald told Swiss media.

But the rule changes at a facility popular with Muslim women from the Alsace region in neighbouring France come in the context of ongoing problems at the venue.

In summer 2015, the women-only pool was the site of “numerous” confrontations between long-term users of the pool and sometimes “disrepectful” Muslim guests, Howard told the Tageswoche newspaper.