Dog owners in New York City are still waiting to hear if their dogs will be able to legally rest at their feet at outdoor cafes. The proposed bill has already passed the state Senate and has to be approved by the Assembly Codes Committee before it can go to a vote in the full Assembly.
Safety Requirement Added
Last week the Assembly Health Committee passed the measure, but added a requirement meant to keep dogs safe. Much like you get your own cup for soda at a fast food restaurant, the change would require restaurants allowing dogs in their outdoor areas to provide single-use dishes to the pups for use with water or food. Café owners would also have to clean up “accidents” that happened in dining areas, as well as post signs notifying the public that dogs might be present.
The New York City Health Department might not be so keen on the bill getting passed. Sherif Soliman, an agency official, has expressed concerns that dogs would create “trip hazards” for both restaurant patrons and food workers.
How We Feel
Let the dogs come to outdoor brunches! If we manage to not trip over our pooches at home, then a sign alerting people that there may be dogs underfoot should be enough to alert restaurant-goers to keep an eye out. We really hope this passes—our fingers (and paws) are crossed!