NY Update:  New Law Requires Handwashing Facilities at Animal Events

The State of New York has passed a new law that will require a designated area for hand...

The State of New York has passed a new law that will require a designated area for hand washing/sanitizing at any place where animals are “kept for the express purpose of viewing, touching, holding, and petting by patrons and visitors”.

This area, which must be no more than 50 feet from the exit of the event, must be clearly designated as a hand washing facility. This could be a sink with soap and running water, or if not available, anti-bacterial gels and antiseptic wipes are acceptable. A sign must be posted by the exit that states that “Animals may carry germs and bacteria that cause disease. It is strongly recommended that persons wash their hands upon exiting.”

This measure is designed to protect public health, and also the health of animals owned by visitors, patrons, and exhibitors. It goes into effect in March 2015.