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Petting zoos
General Business (GBS) CHAPTER 20, ARTICLE 26
§ 399-ff. Petting zoos. 1. For purposes of this section the terms:

(a) "petting zoo" shall mean a place where a collection of animals are
kept for the express purpose of viewing, touching, holding and petting
by patrons and visitors to the establishment; and

(b) "hand washing or hand cleansing facility" shall mean any method of
cleansing the hands that kills germs and bacteria including, but not
limited to, soap and running water, anti-bacterial fluids, foams or
gels, and anti-bacterial or antiseptic wipes or towels.

2. All petting zoo operators shall provide and maintain at least one
clearly designated hand washing facility for patrons and visitors to the
establishment to wash or cleanse their hands upon exiting such petting
zoo area. Such hand washing or hand cleansing facility shall be
maintained at or within no more than fifty feet of the exit from such
petting zoo area.

3. Every exit from a petting zoo area shall have a sign conspicuously
posted that shall state, in a clear and legible typeface, the following:
"Animals at petting zoos may carry germs and bacteria that cause
disease. It is strongly recommended that persons wash their hands upon
exiting the petting zoo area". Such sign shall also indicate the
direction in which such hand washing or hand cleansing facility is

4. Any operator of a petting zoo who fails to maintain a hand washing
or hand cleansing facility and proper signage in violation of this
section shall be subject to a civil penalty in an amount of up to five
hundred dollars.