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.