Owners and their four-legged friends are celebrating with a night out on the town. This new policy, which I co-sponsored with Vice Mayor Garcia and Councilmember DeLong in July 2012, allows restaurant owners to offer patio dining experiences for people and their dogs. I want to thank Justin Rudd, Cookie Braude and other Second District residents for their collaboration on this initiative.
The policy is 100 percent voluntary. Individual restaurant owners may allow dogs to dine with their owners on restaurant patios. Restaurant owners may also decide to continue restricting dogs from their dining establishments.
The key provisions of the policy are listed below:
Owners must post a sign to let the customer know that the patio is "dog-friendly". The Health Department has stickers and signage available for dog-friendly restaurants at no cost
Pet dogs must enter the patio from the outside (they cannot enter through the interior)
Pet dogs may not sit at the table
Pet dogs may not eat off the same plates and utensils as people
Employees may not touch the animals while serving food
Employees must wash hands after touching the any pet dog
This policy does not impact the ADA policy regarding service animals.
Service animals will continue to be allowed anywhere in the facility where customers are allowed.
Free informational materials are available to assist businesses that are interested in offering pet friendly dining. Businesses that are interested in allowing pet dogs on patios can obtain copies of the Dog-Friendly Patio sign and informational handouts at: http://www.longbeach.gov/health/eh/food/default.asp. For additional information on dining with your pet dog, please call 562.570.4144.