Health department: Pets not allowed on patios

A letter reminding Columbus restaurants that pets aren't allowed on restaurant patios has gotten the hackles up of some of that city's residents, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

But local health officials say the same is true here: “No pets on the patios,” said Public Health - Dayton and Montgomery County spokesman Dan Suffoletto.

Suffaleto cited the Ohio Administrative Code:

“Live animals may not be allowed on the premises of a food service operation or retail food establishment,” the law says, allowing for exceptions for things such as aquarium fish, service animals and police dogs.

This includes bars that are licensed by the health department, Suffoletto said.

Suffoletto said it’s not an issue that comes up frequently, but “obviously if we got a complaint about it we would look into it.”

There are ways establishments can combine food and furry friends. The Gem City Catfe being developed in Dayton’s St. Anne’s Hill neighborhood, got the green light from health officials because it will have separate rooms with separate ventilation and an airlocked door between, health officials said.

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