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Restaurant nudity to be debated in San Francisco

October 20, 2011|By Abby Sewell | Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
  • Naturist George Davis in the Castro district of San Francisco, where he resides. San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener recently introduced a city ordinance that would regulate nudity.
Naturist George Davis in the Castro district of San Francisco, where he… (Kimihiro Hoshino / AFP /…)

Nudist foodies in San Francisco may soon find themselves forced to cover up.

Public nudity is legal in the Bay Area city, and no one is suggesting that residents will be barred from taking a stroll down the street or a picnic at the park in the buff.

But restaurants may soon be off limits to the unattired, and San Francisco supervisors are also considering codifying a practice that nudists call "normal etiquette," by requiring those who bare it all in public to lay down a cover on public seating before they sit down.

The Board of Supervisors public safety committee will consider the ordinance, introduced by Supervisor Scott Wiener, at a hearing Thursday, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Wiener said last month that the ordinance is "about basic public health."

Nudists will be able to voice their opinions at the supervisors' meeting, but they will be required to cover up in City Hall, the Chronicle reported.

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