According to the Baltimore Sun, it is now legal for dog owners in Maryland to bring their beloved pooches to outdoor dining areas with them. The new legislation, entitled The Dining Out Growth Act of 2011, took effect July 1, in perfect time for summer outdoor dining.
Maryland follows in the footsteps of California, Florida, and North Carolina, which have instated similar legislation. Under the new law, restaurants must first apply to their local Department of Health and wait 30 days before allowing dogs to dine with their owner.
State Del. Dan Morhaim, who sponsored the legislation, believes that Maryland would benefit by giving travelers who do not want to leave their dogs in the car a chance to patronize local businesses. The hope is that the new legislation will help boost the Maryland economy and bring in tax revenue, all with no cost to taxpayers.
Many dog owners and business owners alike didn’t even realize it was illegal to have dogs at outdoor seating areas, but are now happy to legally be able to have the option now.
Do you like to bring your dog with you when you dine outdoors? What has your experience been?
Read the full article on the Baltimore Sun site here.