SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The right to bare all in San Francisco might soon come with some restrictions under legislation that was proposed at Tuesday afternoon’s Board of Supervisors meeting at City Hall.

The legislation, which was introduced by Supervisor Scott Wiener, would require those going nude to cover public seating before sitting down and put on clothes before entering restaurants.

PICTURES: San Francisco Nudity

Wiener’s district includes the Castro, which has seen a recent increase in public nudity, according to his office.

KCBS’ Barbara Taylor Reports:

The supervisor said the legislation would ensure that public health standards are maintained by requiring nudists to put a towel or other item between their body and a public seat.

“San Francisco is a liberal and tolerant city, and we pride ourselves on that fact,” Wiener said 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,” he said.

He said the idea for the ordinance came after he received numerous constituent complaints and saw some of the unsanitary behavior himself—particularly in Jane Warner Plaza and elsewhere in the Castro.

“One would hope we wouldn’t need to legislate this, but people aren’t doing it,” he said.

Before Tuesda’s meeting, Wiener emphasized that the legislation is not banning public nudity, but is simply maintaining public health standards.

He said his office has not received any complaints from local nudist groups about the proposal.

Wiener acknowledged that the legislation could be the butt of jokes as an “only in San Francisco” proposal—with the added punch line that his last name is a slang term for the male genitalia.

“They’ll say what they’re going to say,” he said. “I look forward to the conversation about this legislation.”

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Comments (51)
  1. Peter B. Towle says:

    This would be a sure way of keeping decent law abiding visitors out of the city along with the money they might spend.

  2. Russell Mills says:

    Peter Towle’s comment doesn’t make any sense to me. He’s saying that decent law abiding visitors will avoid coming to San Francisco because nudists will now be required to wear clothes in restaurants and to cover public seating before sitting down?

    1. taxThechurchesnow says:

      And…what’s your point? Anyway, clothes should be banned everywhere.

      1. Lenny says:

        What why? I like my clothes! They’re like a big blanket to keep me warm on chilly and cold days.

        Besides, if it weren’t for my clothes, there wouldn’t be anything between me and the skid mark a particularly unsanitary nudist might leave on a seat, and that’s just nasty, no matter how you put it.

  3. Nathanial Orra says:

    I can’t believe that a restaurant or any publicly licensed business would allow nude people to enter their establishments. Can you imagine a business that requires a person to wear shoes and a shirt letting someone in who doesn’t have anything covering their junk?

    1. joe says:

      They can’t and won’t. Even at famous clothing optional retreat centers like Harbin and Esalen clothing in restaurants and for most social activities is a must. The rules being proposed here are well within respectful rights of all.

  4. Choice says:

    Nudes vs Baggy pants. Baggy pants can hide a weapon. Nudes can’t hide stuff as easy….. Not easy being a police officer these days.

  5. sergio says:

    only in sf do you hear about a$$holes who want to be able to walk around in public nude

    1. joe says:

      don’t move here you won’t like it

  6. JW says:

    Narcissism, plain and simple. Think of it like cigarettes. If you could keep the smoke to yourself I wouldn’t care. But you can’t, so don’t smoke in my presence. Same with public nudity. It’s boring and rude.

  7. Kev says:

    Too bad all the Nudists are either ugly or old, thank god, SF is finally putting clothes on them. See all those tourists, total pervs.

  8. Carl says:

    Nudity is fine except those people are not ones I want to see in nude.

  9. kal says:

    Yea I wouldn’t want your crack bread crumbs on my lap or my food. For God sake put on some clothes,………… eeeeeeeeeeew;)lol

  10. bob says:

    Weiner…great name for someone trying to ban nudity…

  11. Adam Hickenbotham says:

    Most people don’t look good nude.

  12. mike says:

    Scott Wiener, the Castro, and nudity….sounds about right

  13. BP says:

    Seems like no one in these comments read the article or even the title. No one is banning nudity in SF. They are making it required to wear clothes in restaurants and to put something down before sitting down in public.

  14. cranky old guy says:

    idiots. just to be clear, that term is directed at the relativism-neutered pc-slaves in sf government bowing before deviants.

  15. The Mafia Man says:

    I just “LOVE” female nuditst. The female human body is just….’touchable’ as it can be!! Now males, naw….cover up. It repulses me!!!!! “GO FEMALE”…….”FREE LOVE” is alive and well in SF.

    1. Danny dude dah says:

      You sir, are a “gentleman and a scollar and a conisure of fine vintages and there are ‘dam’ few of us left”!! I could not agree with you more, we need more “touchy feely in this world”!! Thank you MM. you are one “COOL” Dude or Duddette which ever applys………….

  16. Amin says:

    It saddens me to see how many people, in the name of freedom of expression destroy the truth and beauty of nudity. Being free to walk around and sit in a cafe or restaurant naked in front of people, children and the elderly, is not a reflection of a civilized society. Civilized means respectful. Nudity is beautiful and natural in its own appropriate settings. Nudity in public is indecent, thus, not beautiful anymore!!

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