- British Naturism reporting 100% rise in new members since lockdown began
- Organisation says many people are feeling comfortable to disrobe while working from home – and say they’re realising it also ‘saves on laundry’
- People have been sharing images of themselves cooking, drawing and doing yoga while naked in the comfort of their own homes
- Naturism in the UK is legal provided you don’t do it to cause ‘distress or alarm’
The lockdown spirit of trying new things with more time on your hands is leading people to disrobe while working from home.
British Naturism has reported a 100 per cent increase in members since the pandemic began and Instagrammers with a passion for stripping off have been sharing images of themselves baking, sunbathing and doing yoga while in the comfort of their own homes.
A spokesperson for the organisation, which promotes the practice of taking clothes off for better well-being, said that ‘social isolation has caused an explosion in naked living’ and people are also opting for no clothes for practical reasons too – including saving on laundry.
This Saturday marks The Great British Take-Off, an event designed to encourage more people people to try naturism.
On Instagram, naturism ambassador Pam Fraser highlighted the merits of disrobing during the pandemic, saying: ‘Can I stay in lockdown forever? I’m loving not having to get dressed every morning. Plus I have like zero washing to do.’
Andrew Welch of British Naturism told Femail that more and more people are trying the pastime: ‘People have always enjoyed the thrill of a skinny dip or the relaxation of a spa but social isolation has caused an explosion in naked living.
‘For many, working from home means working naked, and nude sunbathing seems to be the new national pastime.’
He added that humans ‘weren’t designed to be wrapped up in clothes 24/7’ and that business had been booming since the Covid-19 pandemic began, with people attending online classes such as life drawing and yoga.
In an interview with inews, he said that people were changing their minds about naturism, saying attitudes are ‘slowly getting there.’
He added: ‘We have such a friendly, relaxed community. I can’t imagine another way of living.’
Naturism in the UK is legal. The Sexual Offences Act of 2003 excludes the pastime provided the person doing it doesn’t do it intending to cause ‘alarm and distress’.
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