A quaint seaside city in Italy has proposed a ban on the wearing of mini skirts and other revealing outfits in a bid to improve what the mayor is calling ‘standards of public decency.’
According to the BBC, Castellammare di Stabia, situated in the Bay of Naples in southern Italy’s Campania Region, is the latest Italian resort to clamp down on what they are calling aspects of ‘anti-social behaviour.’
It’s one of a few proposals due to be heard at a council meeting next Monday, which, if they are approved could also see the banning of playing football in the streets, blasphemy, drinking in public places and sunbathing, which seems a little harsh given the city’s seaside location.
Luigi Bobbio, major of Castellammare di Stabia said the regulations will help to ‘restore urban decorum and facilitate better civil co-existence’ and his new policy is ‘nothing too revealing.’
Breaking the laws could see offenders who wear skimpy outfits which reveal too much cleavage; short skirts and even low cut jeans receive fines of anything between €25 and €500.
Mr Bobbio represents the centre-right People of Freedom party and wants to target people who are ‘rowdy, unruly, or simply badly behaved.’
Local parish priest Don Paulo Cecere, thinks it is the right decision and hopes it will also halt the rise in cases of sexual harassment
They are not the first city to make use of the new powers recently handed down to the country’s majors by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in an effort to combat crime and fight anti social behaviour. Some places have banned kissing in cars, the use of lawn mowers at weekends, wearing wooden clogs and building sandcastles.
It remains to be seen, if the proposals are passed what effect this could have on tourism.