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A ban preventing dogs from entering J.D Wetherspoon pubs across the country, including Ryde and Newport, has come into force today (Monday).

The national pub chain has announced that a blanket ban has come into force across all of their pubs throughout the UK in almost 1,000 locations.

Included in the ban will be Island pubs The Man in the Moon in Newport and S. Fowler & Co in Ryde.

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Under the ban, the pets will also not be allowed in outside areas around the premises, such as smoking areas and beer gardens.

However, the chain has confirmed that assistance dogs will still be welcome both within inside and outside areas.

Whilst there has been a policy in place preventing the entry to dogs since 1979, it has never been fully enforced until today.

Eddie Gershon, spokesperson for J D Wetherspoon has said:

“Even well behaved dogs can be unpredictable – every dog owner thinks their dog is perfect.

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“We welcome a lot of children and families and younger children in particular can be unpredictable around dogs and many are scared of dogs.

“We serve a lot of food. Unfortunately not all owners are diligent over cleaning up dog mess”.

As an addition to the ‘blanket ban’ the chain has also announced that some pubs will still allow dogs in outside areas.

“A limited number of pubs do permit dogs on a lead into the garden and/or other external areas. Please check directly with the pub which you are planning to visit”.

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