The bad news is, the Butt Hutt remains closed.
The popular lakeside bar at Florida’s oldest nudist resort is still shuttered, even as the rest of the Lake Como Family Nudist Resort in Lutz slowly reopens. The Bare Buns Cafe, for instance, now allows limited seating on the screened patio and under the pool deck canopy, albeit with everyone six feet apart – and please bring a towel to sit on.
Across the country, state and local governments are easing restrictions imposed to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Covid-19, the disease it causes, continues to kill and new cases pile up, leaving businesses and communities struggling with when and how to resume operations. Florida’s robust nudist industry is no different.
“We’re in the first phase of our four-phase reopening plan, with phase four being everything goes back to normal – but whether we’ll actually get to that, nobody knows,”Mike Kush, marketing director of Lake Como
“We’re in the first phase of our four-phase reopening plan, with phase four being everything goes back to normal – but whether we’ll actually get to that, nobody knows,” said Mike Kush, marketing director of Lake Como, founded in 1941 as the Florida Athletic and Health Association.
Florida’s year-round balmy weather has made it a magnet for tourists with a taste for clothing-optional swimming, tennis and volleyball. Florida has more nudist resorts than any other state – 29 registered clubs, more than twice as many as California.
Like all other aspects of the tourism industry, Florida’s nudist resorts have been hurt by the coronavirus and stay-home orders. Lake Como was open only to its 200 year-round residents; the 800 who visit regularly were locked out. The resort also cancelled three of its biggest events, including its Dare to Go Bare 5K Run, which usually attracts 150 unclothed competitors.
Original publication 8 June, 2020
Posted on NatCorn 2nd July 2020
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