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Smoke-Free Outdoor Dining

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The Victorian State Government is introducing important changes to legislation in relation to smoking in outdoor areas. 

From 1 August 2017, the Tobacco Amendment Act 2016 will amend the Tobacco Act 1987 to ban smoking at all outdoor dining areas when food is available for consumption. This will include:

  • premises such as restaurants, cafés, take-away shops and licenced premises, including courtyard dining areas and footpath dining
  • 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
  • food fairs
  • other organised outdoor events, including community or street festivals.

Please note business owners and individual smokers may receive an on-the-spot penalty for failing to comply. 

For more information, you can view the Fact Sheet here or visit the Victoria State Government website.

Barkly Square looks forward to creating an even more pleasant environment for our staff and customers. We appreciate your cooperation.