Illinois May Prohibit Smoking in Beer Gardens

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According to Illinois Register,  Illinois Department of Public Health proposed to expand existing smoking ban and prohibit smoking in beer gardens, patios and other outdoor seating zones in the next months after introduction of new regulations

Thus the law would ban smoking in all indoor and outdoor dining areas such as bars, restaurants, beer gardens, patios, rooftops, decks, concession areas. The measure is taken in order to protect visitors and worlers from secondhand smoke.

The existing law allows smoking cigarettes online outdoors and that were the only places where smokers could still light up. However, if the new change comes into effect, they will no longer have this right.

Dave Koehler, the Senator of Illinois, in 2012 approved a law, which allowed smoking in outdoor areas of patios and beer gardens. However, instead of calling the law for a vote, Beer Garden Task Force sent to the Department of Public Health a request to specify in what outdoor places smoking to be allowed. The Department gave no clear answer.

The law was reintroduced again in 2013 and again there were provided no details about it.

Workers and owners of several establishments in the city of Peoria were fined for smoking in public place or for failing to prevent smoking. One of them was Dan Kouri, owner of beer garden at Kouri’s Pub on Sterling Avenue.  Before constructing his beer garden, he found out from the Illinois Department of Public Health all the information regarding smoking. He wanted to know where partons may smoke and was told that in beer garden smoking will be permitted.

Jerry Brady,  Peoria County State’s Attorney, told that he could no enforce the existing smoking ban because many things are unclear in it. Therefore it needs to be clarified.

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