Further changes to smoking laws come into force on 6 July 2015 – Cafes and Restaurants, Clubs and Pubs

Posted by Malcolm Campbell on 25 June 2015

Further changes to smoking laws come into force on 6 July 2015 – Cafes and Restaurants, Clubs and Pubs

The first round of changes to the smoking laws which banned smoking in outdoor public places came into force on 7 January 2013 as follows:

-          Within 4 meters of a pedestrian access point to a public building including non-residential buildings and combined residential / commercial buildings;

-          Public transport including light rail stops and stations, railway stations and platforms, bus stops, taxi ranks and ferry wharves;

-          Within 10 meters of children’s play equipment in outdoor public spaces;

-          Spectator areas of sporting grounds during organised sporting events;  and

-          Open areas of public swimming pool complexes.

 The second round of changes will now commence on Monday, 6 July 2015

In addition to the list of exclusion zones set out above, licensed premises including clubs, hotels, restaurants and cafes will be added to the 4 metre zone. 

Commercial outdoor dining areas will have a total ban on smoking in the seated dining area with a further 4 metres extended from the entrance and exit to the licensed venue, club,  restaurant or cafe.   At a food fair, the exclusion distance is extended to 10 metres from the point of food sale.

“No Smoking” signage will be mandatory and NSW Health Inspectors will be authorised to enforce the ban.   Penalties of up to $550.00 will apply to anyone who fails to comply with the laws.

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