Alberta welcomes dogs to patios

Alberta restaurants, bars and coffee shops no longer need approval from an Alberta Health Services public health inspector to welcome dogs on their patios.

The government announced the change — which is effective immediately — on Thursday.

Prior to this change, a food service business had to request authorization from AHS before allowing non-service dogs in outdoor eating areas and a public health inspector would assess the facility’s plan.

Food safety standards remain in place and venues must follow two main rules:

  • Non-service dogs are allowed on patios only and must not pass through any indoor food handling areas, such as dining and food preparation areas.
  • Customers must keep their dogs on a leash or in a carrier and have physical control of the dog at all times.

Service dogs’ access rights remain the same. They are allowed in both indoor and outdoor dining areas.

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