The air is fresher for ‘al fresco’ dining with new outdoor smoking bans having come into effect across New South Wales from 6 July 2015.
Licensed premises, restaurants and cafes need to comply with changes to the Smoke-free Environment Act 2000.
The Upper Hunter Shire Council wrote to all food business proprietors in the Shire to inform them of the new laws.
More information, including emailed updates, is available from www.health.nsw.gov.au/smokefree
The new requirements include displaying ‘no smoking’ signage within seated outdoor dining areas.
In areas where smoking is permitted, signs maybe required indicating ‘no food to be consumed in this area’. Signs are available free from NSW Health.
Upper Hunter Shire Council General Manager Waid Crockett welcomed the new laws.
“Limiting the areas where smoking is permitted has community health benefits and should decrease the amount of cigarette butt litter discarded.” Waid said. “Cigarette butts are one of the most common items of litter our staff have to clean up from the streets.”
Top photo: Scone RSL Club manager Michael Hollingsworth and Council’s Health Building and Compliance Coordinator Christine Robinson at the Club which has put in place separate outside eating and smoking areas.