‘There’s somehow an assumption that it’s dirtier, but it’s not:’ Stéphane Deschênes
People across Canada are covering up with masks and gloves to ward off COVID-19 and public health officials are constantly urging everyone to wash their hands.
But what happens if your way of life leaves a lot more of you exposed?
That’s the question being asked by places like Ponderosa Nature Resort in Freelton, a rural area of Hamilton, where residents there are juggling their lifestyle with fears for the future of the business.
Stéphane Deschênes has similar worries. He’s been a naturist for 30 years. Most days he’s wearing a magnificent moustache — and nothing else.
Does being nude make staying clean during a pandemic more difficult?
“It’s actually a lot easier,” he said with a laugh.
“I can walk out of my office, grab a clean towel … have a shower, and go back to work and now it’s as if I put on all new clothes.”
Ponderosa bills itself online as “Canada’s Loveliest Family Nudist Resort.”
With the weather starting to warm up, spokesperson Shawn Rutledge said right about now is typically when their busy season would kick off.
“In a normal year we’d be rubbing our hands together right about now thinking ‘we better get ready to get open.'”
But this is not a normal year.
Original publication 9 April, 2020
Posted on NatCorn 1st May 2020
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