The New York State Department of Health has issued a final rule that allows nude beach campsites for recreational use, with the exception of women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
The regulation, which was approved by the New York City Council on Monday, requires a sign-up sheet from each tent or campground to be posted.
The sign-ups must be done by January 1.
Under the regulation, the state Department of Environmental Conservation will be required to approve each site’s “beach camp” permit application, and the state will also be required annually to update the permits with new campgrounds.
The regulations also require that the permit application be signed by the director of the state Parks Department, and by the campground owner, or by both.
A campground permit must be valid for five years.
Under current law, women can’t camp on a beach unless they’re breastfeeding or have been given permission by a health-care provider to do so.
The new regulation says a woman can’t do so until she is pregnant or is breastfeeding.
Nudity and sexual activity are not allowed in public or private parks or on beaches.
Nude beaches are not open to the public but may be available for use by the public at designated times.
Under previous regulations, men could only use the beaches for sexual activities or if they were accompanied by someone in a bathing suit.