UK hotels will be allowed to remain open for pets when they have a “good reason”, after new guidelines were introduced by the government.
The changes mean hotels will now be allowed open to the public on Sunday if there is no specific “credible fear” of being bitten by a dog.
More than 300 hoteliers have signed up to the policy, including the Royal Hotel, which said it would be open to guests with dogs for the first time.
A spokeswoman for the Royal said it was the first hotel in the UK to adopt the policy.
“Our aim is to serve as a trusted resource to the people of London and we welcome any feedback from people who wish to stay with us,” the statement said.
It comes amid growing concern about dog bites in the capital, which saw one dog bite an elderly man in March.
Some hotels have been forced to change their policies to ensure that guests are not bitten by their pets.
Royal Hotels, which has more than 400 properties in the London borough, said it had adopted the new policy to keep guests safe.
Many of its hotels are located on steep terraces, meaning that dogs are not permitted on any part of the grounds.
But it said that “if guests have any concerns about their pets and/or safety, we ask them to contact us”.
The Royal Hotel said the new rules would not apply to hotels in other parts of London.
British Prime Minister Theresa May announced the policy on Tuesday, saying it was about keeping people safe and would help the country’s capital remain “a vibrant and attractive city”.
It is a significant step towards pet-friendly regulations in Britain, which are seen as a major factor in attracting businesses to the capital.
Earlier this year, Britain became the first country in the world to introduce a pet-proof ban in hotels.