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Delaware Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Allow Pets on Restaurant Patios

The bill introduced last week was prompted by a public reminder from state health officials last month that there is a regulation prohibiting pets in restaurants, including patio areas

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    Delaware Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Allow Pets on Restaurant Patios
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    Pooch on the restaurant patio? Not in Delaware.

    What to Know

    • The bill introduced last week was prompted by a public reminder that pets are prohibited in Delaware restaurants, including patio areas.

    • The regulation came as a surprise to Democratic House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf of popular beach town Rehoboth Beach.

    • Officials acknowledge that the regulation has not been strictly enforced.

    Delaware lawmakers have introduced a bill authorizing restaurants and beer gardens to allow pets in outdoor seating areas.

    The bill introduced last week was prompted by a public reminder from state health officials last month that there is a regulation prohibiting pets in restaurants, including patio areas. Officials have acknowledged, however, that the regulation has not been strictly enforced.

    The regulation came as a surprise to Democratic House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf of Rehoboth Beach, a popular beach town where residents and visitors often take their dogs with them when grabbing an outdoor bite.

    Schwartzkopf introduced a bipartisan bill that allows owners of food establishments and beer gardens to permit leashed dogs in outdoor areas.

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