San Francisco Throws a Towel on Public Nudity

Board of Supervisors approves a controversial measure to limit public nudity.

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    San Francisco approved a measure requiring nudists to cover up when they walk into restaurants.

    If you're going to San Francisco, feel free to leave your clothes at home. But don't forget to bring a towel.

    The San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved a controversial proposal that would require nudists to cover up when walking eating at a restaurant or to put down a towel when sitting down on public benches or chairs.

    The bill was introduced by Supervisor Scott Wiener, who swore it was a public health issue and not a crackdown on San Francisco's liberal laws that allow nudists to freely walk around the City.

    But some nudist activists said the measure was an unfair crackdown on them.

    Weiner told The San Francisco Examiner that Wiener said that the bill was a "very narrow piece of legislation to address two very discrete issues that are primarily impacting the Castro but could be elsewhere as well. I know there’s been a lot of discussion about this and the press has been obsessed with it and that’s fine. But when we had the hearing on it, no one came out to oppose it."