Life in Northern California’s culinary capital is about to get a little less free and easy, after the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday to require all restaurant patrons to wear clothes in the restaurant.
Those predisposed to bare it all must also put something between bare buttocks and public seating under the ordinance, which is due to be voted on next week. The measure would go into effect 30 days after it was signed by Mayor Ed Lee.
The plan to regulate – rather than outright ban – public nudity has drawn international attention to this notorious liberal city and has become fodder for late-night talk show hosts. But supervisor Scott Wiener, who proposed the order, said it was simply a matter of “common sense”.
“There’s not much to say about it except that it makes sense,” Wiener said in an interview after the board adjourned for the day. “There was no amendment, no discussion…. The clerk read it. There were some laughs in the audience. I spoke briefly, and it passed unanimously.
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— Maria L. La Ganga in San Francisco
Pictured: Naturist George Davis hangs out in San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday to require all restaurant patrons to wear clothing while dining. Credit: Kimihiro Hoshino/AFP/Getty Images