30 Apr '11, 4am

Barcelona to fine bikini-wearers on the streets

BARCELONA - TOURISTS in Barcelona who wander off the beach onto the streets in just their swimming costumes - or even less - will now face stiff fines. The city hall voted on Friday to ban 'nudity or virtual nudity in public places' and limit swimming costumes to swimming pools, beaches, adjacent roads and beach walks. Nudists who stray off their designated areas of the beach will be subject to fines of 300 to 500 euros (S$544 to S$906). Those who wander into the streets in bikinis, swimming trunks or swimsuits face fines of 120 to 300 euros. Authorities in the city, where the port and the beach areas are adjacent to the historic old town, earlier this year put up posters discouraging such behaviour. They showed a couple in swimming costumes with a red line across it next to another couple dressed normally but without the red line. With the new regulations, city authoritie...

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