14 July 2017
Smoking will be banned at all outdoor dining areas across Victoria from 1 August 2017.
The Victorian Government initiative, which will be enforced by local Councils, applies to restaurants, cafes, take-away shops and licensed premises, including courtyard dining areas and footpath dining.
The ban also applies to food fairs and within 10 metres of a food stall or vendor at an organised outdoor event, including community and street festivals.
As part of the reform, smoking will also be banned at outdoor drinking areas if any part of that area is within 4 metres of an outdoor dining area, unless separated by a wall of at least 2.1 metres high.
Businesses that don’t comply with the new reforms face on-the-spot fines for the business owner and for any person smoking in the restricted area.
According to Council’s draft Municipal Health and Wellbeing Plan 2017-2021, 16.9 per cent of adults in Mitchell Shire smoke daily, compared with 10.9 per cent across Victoria.
The Plan, currently out for public consultation on www.engagingmitchellshire.com, outlines five key priorities for Council to strive for, including Healthy and Vibrant Communities which incorporates decreased tobacco use in the shire.
Mitchell Shire is working with local businesses and their owners to make sure they are aware of the changes and of their obligations to comply.
Letters will soon be sent out to effected businesses and traders.
To find out more visit the tobacco reforms website or call the Tobacco Information Line on 1300 136 775.