Smoking ban on outdoor dining
THE days of smoking outside with a coffee or meal will be a thing of the past with new state laws set to come into effect next month, leaving Portland café owners divided.
From August 1 changes to the Tobacco Act mean that smoking is banned in all commercial outdoor dining areas in Victoria, including footpath dining areas, courtyards and beer gardens during times food is being eaten or is available to be eaten.
Smoking will also be banned in all outdoor areas at food fairs and within 10 metres of a food stall or food vendor at organised outdoor events.
While some café owners are in favour of the ban, citing health and ecological benefits, others are concerned the new law will impact their businesses.
Clayton Leslie, the owner of the Percy St-based café Spuds Portland, said he has made proactive steps to transition into the change.