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With so many popular restaurants and pubs in Delaware offering dog-friendly patios (including Dogfish Head, the Rusty Rudder, Kelly’s Logan House, Catherine Rooney’s, Piccolina Toscana, Crabby Dick’s and the Deer Park Tavern, to name just a few), the Delaware Division of Public Health’s August reminder that non-service dogs are not allowed in restaurants — including in designated outdoor areas where the rule had long been unenforced — hit a bit of a nerve:
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On Aug. 30, Speaker of the House Rep. Peter C. Schwartzkopf, along with 17 other sponsors and co-sponsors from the Assembly, introduced HB 275, legislation that would override the DDHS’s “no dogs” regulation, permitting the owners of beer gardens and restaurants to obtain a license for an outdoor patio that allows leashed dogs.
The House released a pre-file on Friday for HB 275 (https://t.co/aEoUiCg9As), a bill to override a @Delaware_DHSS regulation that prohibits animals in restaurants. The bill permits a restaurant owner to permit leashed dogs on outdoor patios and in beer gardens. #netde #deleg
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The hearing will take place within the next two weeks.-30-
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