By: Dana Forsythe, Patch Staff
Dog friendly dining is coming to Nashua. After the Nashua's Board of Health approved a 'Dog-Friendly Outdoor Dining Variance' on May 9, dogs will be allowed in outdoor seating areas in Nashua.
According to a release from Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess, who was in support of the measure, the move "sends the message that everyone is welcome and encouraged to enjoy all Nashua has to offer."
"Allowing dogs in participating outdoor dining areas sends the message to residents and visitors that Nashua is an inviting place. I want to thank our Department of Environmental Health and Division of Public Health & Community Services for working to get this passed," he said in a statement.
Restaurants interested in allowing canine customers can now apply to the Environmental Health Department for a variance to the 2009 FDA Food Code, which would allow companion dogs in outdoor dining areas, provided they follow the rules outlined in the variance.
The new variance will be valid for a calendar year and may be reapplied for.
"An outdoor dining area means any outdoor area, under the control of the restaurant, where customers eat. However, dogs must enter the outdoor dining area directly from the outside and shall not enter outdoor dining areas by going through the inside of the restaurant or through any area where food is stored or prepared," the site reads.
Unfortunately, employees are not allowed touch, pet, or otherwise handle dogs in any manner.
You can find a list of FAQ about the new dog dining variance here.
Questions can be directed to Health Officer Heidi Peek-Kukulka or Deputy Health Officer Ren Beaudoin at 603-589-453.
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