The BarefootIsLegal.org web site has caught the attention of The Evening Sun, which just put out an article citing the paperwork we have documenting that there really is no legal impediment to going anywhere you want to go in Pennsylvania barefoot.
“Legally, there’s really no reason to wear shoes in Pa. this summer” Joel Shannon , firstname.lastname@example.org Published 9:29 a.m. ET April 11, 2017
Here’s to growing the movement!
Summer public service announcement: If you want to ditch the shoes and socks this summer, you’re perfectly free to do so in Pennsylvania, in most situations.
There are no health codes against being barefoot in public in areas where food is served, according to a 2016 letter that has been confirmed by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.
The department regulates “facilities that are associated with food, such as restaurants, food stores, caterers, convenience stores, food manufacturers and warehouses.”
And it might surprise you to learn that driving barefoot is fine too. PennDOT spokesperson Greg Penny said there are no laws against it in Pennsylvania.
Of course, it’s not quite that simple.
While the law isn’t going to stop you from shopping barefoot, your business of choice is free to enforce its own dress-code.
The Department of Agriculture can only speak for health codes associated with food areas, so there may be other situations where another government body has a regulation about being barefoot.
And while there might not be any statutes against driving barefoot, Penny said he doesn’t recommend it generally.
“It’s not a smart thing.”