Supervisor Scott Wiener Introduces Nudity Guidelines In Public Health Legislation

As District Attorney spokeswoman Debbie Mesloh famously proclaimed in 2004, "being naked in San Francisco is not a crime." But if District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener has anything to say about it, it might be a crime if you don't at least put down a towel first.

At today's Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Wiener, whose district includes the Castro, will introduce legislation to protect public health standards from potential problems with public nudity.

The legislation would require nude people to cover public seating (for instance, a seat on MUNI) with a layer of protection before sitting down. This can include a towel, a blanket or a Folsom Street Fair party flier. The legislation would also require people to put on clothing before entering a restaurant. Public nudity will still be ok in other establishments, but you'd better grab some shorts if you want fries with that.

"San Francisco is a liberal and tolerant city, and we pride ourselves on that fact," said Wiener in a statement. "Yet, while we have a variety of views about public nudity, we can all agree that when you sit down naked, you should cover the seat, and that you should cover up when you go into a food establishment."

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