Illinois Proposal to Ban Smoking at Outdoor Bars Dismissed

This fall the ability to light up at outdoor patios, decks and rooftops at local beer yards, bars, and restaurants would have ended under regulations from the Illinois Department of Heath. However, the Department of Health has changed its mind on the proposed rule changes as the final regulation that went into effect on August 14, 2015.

According to a published report at Smile Politely, “The new regulations, effective as of August 14th, 2015, now define an “enclosed area” in which smoking is prohibited, but removed proposed provisions that would have prohibited smoking in outdoor areas such as patios, beer gardens, decks, rooftops and concession areas; and removed references to “self-service outdoor areas” (which, in the originally proposed rule, would have been the only outdoor restaurant or bar facilities in which smoking was permitted).”

The full article can be seen at the website.

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