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Does Florida have a law against dogs being in a food establishment

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Does Florida have a law against dogs being in a food establishment ?
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Under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), privately owned businesses that serve the public, such as restaurants, hotels, retail stores, taxicabs, theaters, concert halls, and sports facilities, are prohibited from discriminating against individuals with disabilities. The ADA requires these businesses to allow people with disabilities to bring their service animals onto business premises in whatever areas customers are generally allowed.

Businesses can prohibit pets from being in such establishments. However, service animals which assist a disabled person is not a pet. Service animals must be allowed.

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Customer: replied 5 years ago.

I was already aware of service dogs being allowed in restaurants and work places.

My question was does Florida Law allow dogs in eating establishments (meaning dogs in general, not service dogs. If there is such a law, what is it ?



Florida Statute 509.233(4)(a) does allow for outdoor pet dining. You can read the law here:

The law does not allow for indoor pet dining.

I hope this helps to clarify things.
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