As of today, it is now forbidden to smoke or vape on the terraces of bars or restaurants in Regina, Canada.
The city's new bylaw prohibits consumers of cigarettes and electronic cigarettes from lighting them and smoking at outdoor tables in bars and restaurants. The law also prohibits smoking within 10 meters of public spaces such as parks, playgrounds, golf courses and during festivals or events organized by the city.
The City of Regina is one of the last major municipalities in the country to ban smoking in public places. Several bars and restaurants in the city had already regulated their terraces even before the announcement of the new law. The capital is not the first city in Saskatchewan to adopt such a by-law. The City of Saskatoon already has a smoking ban in public places and near municipal buildings. However, there are still a good number of municipalities in Saskatchewan that do not have regulations in this area.
Yesterday, the Canadian Cancer Society marked the entry into force of the new regulations by organizing a small party in front of the town hall. She would like to extend the anti-smoking law province-wide. As for the bar owners, some say they are a little concerned. This is the case with the manager of the O'Hanlons bar, which is located in the city center and whose terrace is less than 10 meters from Victoria Park.
If people can't smoke within 10 meters of a bar and within 10 meters of a park, the bar manager wonders where his customers can light a cigarette. According to him, smokers will probably have to go to the alley behind the establishment. Although he is worried, he says he will enforce the regulations and violators will face the consequences.
Source : Ici.radio-canada.ca/