NYLON – On the fence about bringing your pup to lunch? Worry not, New York State Public Health Law has you covered.
According to a press release from the Livingston County Department of Health, on October 26, 2015, the NYS Public Health Law 1352-e was established to allow companion dogs in outdoor dining areas under certain conditions.
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Companion dogs are defined as those domesticated dogs accompanied by an individual for the purpose of companionship or convenience and are not considered to include guide, hearing or service dogs.
For companion dogs to be present in an outdoor dining area, the owner/operator of the food service establishment must satisfy all of the following conditions:
• The owner/operator of the food facility elects to allow companion dogs in its outdoor dining area or a designated
portion of it, and subject to any restrictions that the owner/operator of the facility may establish;
• A separate outdoor entrance is present where companion dogs can enter without going through the food
establishment to reach the outdoor dining area. Companion dogs are not allowed on chairs, benches, seats or other
• The outdoor dining area in which companion dogs are allowed is not used for food or drink preparation or the
storage of utensils. A food employee may refill a beverage glass in the outdoor dining area from a pitcher or other
• Food and water provided to companion dogs shall only be in single-use disposable containers;
• Food employees are prohibited from having direct contact with companion dogs while on duty. Should a food
employee have such prohibited direct contact, he or she shall wash his or her hands immediately as required by
• The outdoor dining area is maintained in a clean condition. Surfaces that may be contaminated by dog excrement
or other bodily fluids shall be cleaned and sanitized appropriately;
• The companion dog is on a leash or confined in a pet carrier and is under the control of the companion dog owner;
• There is reasonable signage indicating that companion dogs are allowed in the outdoor dining area or a designated
portion of it;
• The food facility owner ensures compliance with local ordinances related to sidewalks, public nuisance and
• Such other control measures are complied with including compliance with NYS Sanitary Code 14-2 for Food
For questions or more information regarding dogs in outdoor dining areas, you can contact the Livingston County Department of Health, Center for Environmental Health at (585) 243-7280.
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