In Poland, restaurant owners often refuse dogs into their place with the excuse of „sanitary regulations”. In fact, more and more eateries accept four-legs, but what about the regulations?
Jan Bondar, Sanitary Dept. spokesman (in an online interview) explains, that „the regulations say nothing, if a dog can stay in such a place, or not. It only specifies, that an owner is obliged to protect food from getting infected. This is exclusively at the owner’s discretion if they admit or prohibit dogs. A restaurant can host even a hundred dogs and as long as the food is safe, we have nothing to say.”
It’s worth knowing, that there is no legal prohibition. If our ‘fluffy’ will accompany us at dinner depends only on the owner. It is his decision if he wants dogs in his place. If not, there might be several reasons, e.g. he doesn’t like dogs himself (and then we don’t like him either) or he is afraid of his customers being disconcerted. The exception are guide dogs. A disabled person with a guide-dog is legally allowed to enter anywhere and it is the obligation of the owner (of a restaurant or a shop) to ensure safety of food.
However, if we have been accepted and are already inside with Mr.Dog, remember to stick to the DOGGY ETIQUETTE.
It’s still getting dog-friendlier in Poland but we are still far behind Italy in this respect…
ENJOY YOU MEAL Dear DogLovers!!!