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New law says dogs can dine at restaurants’ outdoor patios

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HUMBOLDT COUNTY- California restaurants are going to the dogs thanks to a bill signed by Governor Brown Thursday.

It allows man’s best friend to accompany restaurant patrons on outdoor patios. But there are a few rules that come with the new law. Dogs cannot go inside the restaurant, and while on the patio they must be on a leash and well behaved. The bill also says wait staff cannot pet the animals. If a waiter or waitress does pet the dogs, they must wash their hands. The law goes into effect January 1. However, the bill does say restaurant owners can still deny service if they do not want dogs on the premises and local cities have the option to pass their own regulations to ban animals from restaurant patios if they choose.