San Francisco Supervisor Wiener to introduce public nudity legislation

Legislation would require nudists to cover public seating before sitting down and would require clothing to enter restaurants


At today’s Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Scott Wiener will introduce legislation to ensure that public nudity comports with basic concepts of public health. While there are many opinions about the appropriateness of people going nude in public, there is little disagreement that public nudity should be sanitary. Supervisor Wiener’s legislation will help accomplish that goal.

Supervisor Wiener represents, among other neighborhoods, the Castro, which has seen an increase in public nudity recently.

Supervisor Scott Winer

The legislation will address two issues. First, it will require people who are nude in public to place an item — for example, a towel — underneath them when they sit down. This will avoid situations, as currently occurs, where nudists sit down on public seating without placing anything between their body and the seat. Second, the legislation will require nudists to don clothing before they enter a restaurant.

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

“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.”

For more information, please contact Supervisor Wiener’s office at (415) 554-6968 or

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