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Bill allowing dogs on restaurant patios passes first hurdle

The bill would allow people to bring their dogs to restaurants — but with certain rules in place.

COLORADO, USA — The Colorado Senate on Thursday passed "Dogs On Restaurant Patios" that authorizes retail food establishments to allow dogs in outdoor dinning areas. 

SB20-078 bill will now head to the House for consideration at a date that has not yet been determined.

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If the bill passes, it doesn't mean anyone can bring their dog to any restaurant. Under the current bill, a few rules have to be followed:

  • The food establishment has to agree to let dogs on the patio.
  • There has to be a separate entrance so that dogs can enter and exit without entering the indoor part of the restaurant. 
  • No food preparation can be done in the outdoor area where dogs are allowed, other than drink refills.  
  • Dogs must be on a leash or in a carrier, and the person who brings the dog is responsible for the behavior of the dog. 
  • A city and/or county can decide if they prohibit dogs from outdoor dining areas of food establishments within their jurisdiction. Counties and District Public Health Agencies can also add additional control measures. 

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The bill does not impact legislation about service animals.

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