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City Council approves new disclosure of restaurant health violations

City Council approves new disclosure of restaurant health violations

People dining out in Baltimore will have new access to information about health violations at city restaurants and carryouts under legislation approved Monday by the City Council. Under the legislation, patrons will be able to check the Health Department's website and social media accounts for timely updates on restaurant violations, such as rat infestations or failures to keep meat cool. The measure also requires restaurants to post notices — that can easily be seen by passersby — that explain why an establishment is closed. "This is a huge win for transparency and for the citizens," said Councilman Brandon M. Scott, who sponsored the measure. The council...

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