TALENT, Ore. (AP) — State health officials and a southern Oregon restaurant have launched a pilot program to allow dogs in outdoor dining areas.
The Mail Tribune reports the owner of the Avalon Bar and Grill in Talent, Susan Schaffer, was among restaurant owners and dog owners interested in modifying state regulations that prohibit dogs from any eating area, with exceptions for service and patrol dogs.
Schaffer is required to make regular reports to state health officials about how the pilot program is working out. The findings will help determine whether state health rules will be revised. Public comments will also be considered.
Oregon Health Authority officials say allowing dogs at dining areas appears to be a trend the food and hospitality industry is pursuing, so they're considering it — at least outdoors.
Information from: Mail Tribune, http://www.mailtribune.com/
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