So it soon might be [if not already in many places] illegal to go out in public with your face/head covered. Perhaps the wearing of sunglasses may become restricted to secret service personnel and celebrities who are prepared to pay a ‘cover up’ tax?
I find it fascinating that at one time, the appearance of a face, shape of head even, were considered to be reliable indicators of an individual’s character/personality. Of course although physiognomy and phrenology have become discredited, a deep-rooted belief remains that looks do matter. Certainly it does seem that there is a relationship between perceived ‘attractiveness’ [symmetry and proportion of facial features] and health.
I think, just as with clothes fashion, everyone should be able to represent themselves as they see fit. Else there is a slippery slope of ultimately non-enforceable dictates ; what do you ban: wigs? hats? false eyes? make up? plastic surgery? As all alter to some extent a person’s original/usual appearance.
The idea [though coming from a good place – security for all] that an individual’s face belongs to the society they are part of, is ridiculous. Crime/breaking laws is the offence. Trying to head off any wrong doing by making everyone hyper-visible is wrong-headed thinking. It is as silly as stipulating [notwithstanding ‘nude’ x-ray type technology] that everyone has to walk around naked in public so that no concealed weapons can be carried.
That this measure has never been enforced one assumes is down to notions of public decency? But these are the very same arguments given by certain cultures when it comes to baring/covering of the face.
Personally I would love there to be a global face cover day every year [not Halloween] when the whole population of a given area [it would be different in different locales] all donned exactly the same face/head mask. A whole town filled with Margaret Thatchers or Abraham Lincolns or Gandhis or Ming the Mercilesses , now that would be amazing! I see no reason why Venice or carnival should have the monopoly on mask wearing.