Los Angeles, CA – This weekend, the Hollywood Farmers Market recently reiterated their stance on bringing pets to the market. This was shared on their Instagram page with a story that said: ‘Friendly reminder: No pets are allowed at the Hollywood Farmers Market! We love your furry friends but unless they are service animals, they need to stay at home.’
The statement was also accompanied by a photo from the market that featured a ‘No Pets Allowed’ sign next to the market stalls. Over the past few months, various eateries and similar venues across the country have seen a rise in customers taking their pet dogs to venues with them. As a result, this has led to pushback from certain members of the public who have labeled the movement as unhygienic.
This isn’t just the Hollywood Farmers Market’s policy either, and as they mentioned – it was also state law as the added: ‘Article 15 section 114350, of the CA Health and Safety code, states that no live animals, birds, or fowl shall be kept or allowed within 6 meters (20 feet) of any area where food is stored or held for sale. This subdivision does not apply to guide dogs, signal dogs, or service dogs when used in the manner specified in Section 54.1 of the Civil Code. Fraudulently misrepresenting service animals is a misdemeanor.’
Generally speaking, this move was met with positivity from locals who saw it as a common sense policy to avoid dirty food safety practices.