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Protect the Public at Special Events

  • Locate the attraction in an area and manner that does not adversely affect the local water sources/supplies or environment.
    • Supply the Health Department with:
      • a site plan indicating the types of water supply to be used (for example, public, private, treated, untreated)
      • general landscape
      • layout of the attraction
  • House animals to minimize stress and overcrowding.
  • Provide sufficient hand-washing stations with potable running water (hot and cold or warm) with liquid pump soap and paper towels in dispensers.
    • In cases where a petting zoo is part of a larger attraction, at least 1 hand-washing station should be located at the exit of the petting zoo area.
    • The hand-washing stations are to be kept clean and fully stocked at all times.
    • Post signs to encourage hand washing.
  • Ensure that food is not fed to the animals in containers that can be consumed by humans, such as ice cream cones.
  • Do not allow the public to milk animals or drink unpasteurized milk.
  • Ensure that adequate barriers and signs are provided to prevent people from coming into contact with animals they should not touch.
  • If an animal birth occurs, ensure that the public has no contact with animals involved in birth or the area the animals are in.
  • The Centre for Disease Control recommends that children under the age of 5 should not have direct contact with baby chicks, ducks, reptiles or ferrets.
  • Incidents such as bites and scratches where human skin is broken due to contact with an animal must, by law, be reported to the Health Department immediately.