Dogs Allowed on Restaurant Patios, Sidewalk Cafes
Pet dogs are now allowed on restaurant, bar and café patios (along with their owners, of course) as part of the Rankin government’s promise to remove unnecessary barriers for restaurants to meet customer needs.
“We’ve listened to the restaurant industry. They told us this change will help them attract more dog owners who want to enjoy a leisurely meal or a beverage and be able to do so without having to leave their dogs at home,” said Premier Iain Rankin. “The new rules will still protect food safety and allow restaurants to offer this option if that’s what their customers want.”
This change, which takes effect March 30, is also another way to support the food service industry that has been so severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I’m happy the province will offer restaurants this option to appeal to more customers. Nova Scotians love their dogs, and I’m looking forward to seeing lots out on the patios this spring,” said Environment and Climate Change Minister Keith Irving.