Bill to allow dogs on restaurant patios alive again in Michigan


LANSING – Soon, Michiganders could be able bring their dogs to their favorite restaurants. 

Recently-introduced bills in Michigan's Legislature would allow restaurant patio patrons to bring their dogs.

Senate Bill 122 and House Bill 4187 would allow dogs on patios with some conditions.

- Dogs wouldn't be able to walk through the interior of a restaurant to get to the patio.

- They would need to be completely controlled by owners.

- Restaurants would need to keep patios clean and clear of waste.

- An employee who touches a dog or cleans waste does not serve food or beverages until they have washed their hands.

- The dog is not allowed on a seat, chair or customer's lap. Also, the dog cannot touch the tabletop.

Dogs wouldn't be allowed in any area where food is prepared, and would never be unattended or with anyone younger than 18 years old.

Some Michigan eateries already allow dogs, but it's technically illegal.

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