Grab your doggo and make sure they are looking summer ready. Your fur baby may be able to head out for patio season!
The Ohio House passed H.B. 263, a bill that permits dogs in outdoor dining areas. The bill has a few requirements, including employees not intentionally touching dogs, food and water dishes must be single-use, and the establishment must post a sign informing patrons that dogs are allowed. The business must also provide clean-up and sanitary waste disposal kits on the patio.
For pet owners, your doggo must be kept on a leash. Your dog also won’t be able to go inside with you, so be sure to have a friend nearby to watch your little nugget if you have to head indoors. Service dogs will still be permitted inside.
The bill was sponsored by Rep. Laura Lanese (R-Grove City) who believes that allowing pets on patios will encourage tourism and encourage pet owners to go out more.
“We’re acknowledging the strong human-animal connection,” Lanese told the Dispatch. “It’s important for us to send a message that we on Capitol Square are going to step out of the way of businesses on Main Street whenever possible.”
The House passed the bill 79-9 and now it is headed for the Senate.