'Philly Naked Bike Ride' participants required to wear only one item — a face mask

The annual Philly Naked Bike Ride is officially scheduled for Aug. 28, organizers say. The free-spirited ride – which encourages nakedness and has been labeled as a “bare as you dare” event – will require masks based on the city’s earlier coronavirus restrictions.

This year’s event is being called: “The Mask Edition,” according to promotions posted on social media. 

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Last week, Philadelphia officially lifted most of its COVID-19 rules, including limits on capacity and social distancing requirements for businesses and events.

Organizers of the ride said they have yet to discuss the recent changes in the city’s coronavirus guidelines, so they are “going to stick with our initial mask guidance.” 

Lead organizer Wesley Noonan-Sessa noted they’ll wait to hear what the city says in the coming weeks. 

The annual event typically sees people gather at a local park to disrobe and paint their bodies before saddling up with thousands of riders on a 10-mile course throughout the city. Riders normally take in sights that including Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell.

Olivia Neely, a topless cyclist wearing body paint, motions before the start of that year's annual Philly Naked Bike Ride in Philadelphia on Sept. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Dino Hazell, File)

Olivia Neely, a topless cyclist wearing body paint, motions before the start of that year’s annual Philly Naked Bike Ride in Philadelphia on Sept. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Dino Hazell, File)

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