Nor New York state health department, nor Dutchess county health department have such orders, or laws regarding entering any public place barefoot.
Here is a copy of an email I received from the New York state health department, regarding any laws to entering stores barefoot…
From: Faith L. Schottenfeld [firstname.lastname@example.org] on behalf of CEH-Education BML
Sent: Wednesday, August 07, 2013 7:52 PM
Subject: Question from the web site
There is no State Health Code. However, it is possible for a local health department to establish a regulation in their local sanitary code requiring shoes to be worn in certain retail establishments. You may wish to contact the local health department.
Outreach and Education Group
NYS Health Department
Center for Environmental Health
ESP, Corning Tower, Room 1642
Albany, NY 12237
phone (518) 402-7530 or
toll free (800) 458-1158
fax (518) 402-7539
The next letter is from the Dutchess county health department….
From: Fouts, James [email@example.com]
Sent: Thursday, August 29, 2013 4:30 PM
Subject: barefoot prohibitions
The Dutchess County Sanitary Code has no restrictions that prohibit a person from entering public places without footwear.
James D. Fouts
Senior Public Health Sanitarian
Environmental Health Services
Dutchess County Department of Health
85 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 106
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Phone: 845-486-3404 Fax: 845-486-3545
TTY: (845) 486-3417
As you can see none of the above has any regulations, laws, or rules regarding being barefoot in any and all establishments. It is all fabricated by the owners of these places due to their own limited knowledge, and the unwillingness to see our point of going barefoot. We are not doing so to patronize them, but for our own health, and well being.
We have a choice – Spend your money where you can shop barefoot.