SF OK With Public Nudity, But... Politicians get behind some protection for public seating By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff | Suggested by Larry-Crehore Posted Sep 8, 2011 2:38 AM CDT 17 comments Comments It's perfectly legal to be nude on the streets of San Francisco, as long as you're not lewd. (InkVirus) (Newser) – What's the world coming to when San Francisco politicians start ... gasp ... regulating public nudity. Don't worry—"naturists" won't have to cover up on the street. It's perfectly legal in the city to be nude, as long as you're not lewd. But they may soon have to put a towel—or something—between their bare butts and public seating, reports the Los Angeles Times. "If you're going to be naked in public, and you're going to sit down on public seating, you should cover the seating," explains city Supervisor Scott Wiener, who has introduced the new measures. "We shouldn't have to legislate about that, but we do. It's about basic public health." Oh, and no more dining in restaurants naked if the measure is passed. How did it get to this point? Thank a growing group of naturists in the Castro who like to stroll, sunbathe, and read in public in the buff. But people are starting to complain. "There is a time and place for everything," huffed a frustrated Castro resident. Merchants are behind the restaurant measure. "You always see signs on the door, 'Shoes and shirt required,'" said the head of a business group. "You'd think" customers would "have to have pants, too." One nudist, considerately sitting on his pants, sniffed: "This is an open-minded city, and it should continue to be so."