People participating in World Naked Gardening Day at the Wellington Naturist Club, pre-pandemic. The contest has been held virtually this year.

More People Getting Naked During Coronavirus: When Clothing Is Optional, What About Masks?

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While connected to the current heat wave in sweltering Europe and to changes in attitude about the body, polls show that a rising popularity of nudism in many countries of the world is also linked to Covid-19 confinement.

Naturists associations have been noting the interest in nudism and increases in their membership during the coronavirus pandemic — and the media is paying attention:

“You Can Leave Your Mask On: Nudists Wear Just One Item in Covid Times,” the Wall Street Journal headlines a recent story. The take in Vice: “The Ongoing Battle to Convince Nudists to Wear Face Masks,” while The Telegraph runs with “Clothes off, masks on: America’s nudist resorts reopen.” France 24 reports that “Nudists adapt to Covid times,” as CTVNews reports on “Getting naked in quarantine: Interest peaks in nudist lifestyle.”

Naturists practice yoga in the Bois de Vincennes on the outskirts of Paris before the Covid 19 pandemic.
Philippe Lopez. AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES Naturists practice yoga in the Bois de Vincennes on the outskirts of Paris before the Covid 19 pandemic.

In other words, nudism has become a thing.

The renewed interest in shedding clothes as people flock to beaches, mountains, nature trails and resorts in this hot summer has been linked to the hunger to experience a new sense of freedom as we emerge from months of lockdowns or, as Vice explains,“some go nude to eliminate materialistic barriers.”

Nudism on the rise

The fact is that naturists associations from Britain, France, Italy and the United States, among others, are reportingincreases in membership over recent months — by as much as 31% between May and July in the case of Ireland, for example, as reported by Newstalk.

“The number of new people joining us has almost tripled since the beginning of the U.K. lockdown at the end of March,” British Naturism’s commercial manager, Andrew Welch, told CNN.

“Now that more people are working from home, Welch believes that “fewer people are worried about what to wear – or haven’t bothered with clothes at all.” British Naturism has registered over 370 new members since the pandemic began.

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Source: Forbes

Original publication 12 August, 2020

Posted on NatCorn 27th August 2020

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