Smokers in NSW will be prohibited from lighting up in outdoor dining areas from today onward, and it might be worth taking a few steps to the side — those in breach can be fined $300.
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According to the Smoke-free Environment Act 2000, if you’re within four metres of an outdoor dining area at a licensed venue, or within ten metres of an outdoor food stall, you’ll have to move before you get your nicotine hit. Designated smoking areas are still allowed, but only if they don’t conflict with the new regulation banning smoking within four metres of a pedestrian entry or exit to a licensed premises or restaurant.
This expands on the existing law prohibiting smoking in enclosed public spaces, and you can find the full details in this information sheet.
While individuals in breach can be fined $300, businesses in breach can be fined up to $5,500.
Find a complete list of smoking regulations here.