Residents are reminded that new Victorian Government legislation restricts people from smoking outside premises where food and alcohol are served.
The legislation will be in effect from Tuesday and will affect all restaurants, cafes, takeaway shops and licensed premises, including courtyard dining areas and footpath dining.
Smoking and e-smoking will be banned in outdoor areas at hospitality and food venues during the times food is available; in all outdoor areas at food fairs; and within 10m of a food stall or food vendor at an organised outdoor event.
Strathbogie Shire Mayor Amanda McClaren said it was important business owners had a clear understanding of the reform requirements relating to their business.
‘‘Failing to comply (with the new legislation) could mean people facing on-the-spot fines for not only the business owner but also any person smoking in the restricted area,’’ she said.
‘‘By keeping the shire’s outdoor dining areas smoke-free, we protect the community from second-hand smoke, support people in quitting smoking and improves everyone’s outdoor dining experience.’’
●For more information on the new tobacco reforms, visit www.health.vic.gov.au/tobaccoreforms or call the Tobacco Information Line on 1300136775.