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‘Sorry, pooch, no sidewalk dining for you!’

Pets won’t be allowed to start dining with their owners at Evanston’s sidewalk cafes.

Aldermen on the Human Services Committee this week dropped the idea of changing the existing ban on pets at sidewalk cafes after the city’s health director said it might cause the city to lose a state grant.

Health and Human Services Director Evonda Thomas said state and city regulations now bar animals — other than those assisting the disabled — from food service establishments and all outdoor areas under their control.

Terms of the state grant, which is used to provide a rodent control program, require the city to comply with the state health code.

Pets won’t be allowed to start dining with their owners at Evanston’s sidewalk cafes.

Aldermen on the Human Services Committee this week dropped the idea of changing the existing ban on pets at sidewalk cafes after the city’s health director said it might cause the city to lose a state grant.

Health and Human Services Director Evonda Thomas said state and city regulations now bar animals — other than those assisting the disabled — from food service establishments and all outdoor areas under their control.

Terms of the state grant, which is used to provide a rodent control program, require the city to comply with the state health code.

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