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Spokane Valley Lingerie Baristas Told To Cover Up

The Spokane Valley City Council passed an ordinance Tuesday night that aims to cover up baristas in bikinis The Spokane Valley City Council passed an ordinance Tuesday night that aims to cover up baristas in bikinis
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The Spokane Valley City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to pass an ordinance that will require workers within city limits to cover up.

The ordinance was brought on by nearly nude baristas, who go topless on Tuesdays and Thursday as advertised by the coffee shops. Body paint, dye and stick-on tattoos don't count as clothes, according to the Council.

Shelby Johnson, a barista at XXX Lingerie Espresso, said that the shop will stay open regardless of the Council's vote.

"I don't necessarily agree with it, but whatever they say we need to do, that's what we need to do," Johnson said.

The Coalition for Community Values has been protesting the bikini baristas since the grand opening this summer, saying the nearly naked women would go outside where children could see them, and started asking councilor whether the coffee stand fell under existing laws for public indecency or adult entertainment.

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Representatives on both sides of the debate, including coalition organizers, dads and nudists, spoke at the Council's meeting Tuesday. Nearly a dozen audience members stood up and applauded after the Council voted.

"We studied the issue quite thoroughly in response to community concerns, and the Council made its decision to help keep Spokane Valley family-friendly," Mayor Tom Towey told KHQ's Kelsey Watts.

Violating the new dress code will be a misdemeanor, punishable by a $1,000 fine, 90 days in jail or both. The new code will go into effect five days after it's published in the Valley's weekly newspaper, which is expected to be in mid-December because of the holiday.

To learn specifically what is now prohibited, as well as exceptions to the rule, read the full text of the new Spokane Valley city code here: http://spokanevalley.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=3&clip_id=244&meta_id=15254

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