The new smoking bans prohibit smoking in outdoor dining areas of restaurants, cafes, take-away shops and licensed premises in areas where food is consumed on footpaths, balconies and in courtyards.
Smoking will still be permitted in designated outdoor drinking areas that are less than 75% enclosed, but these areas must be separated from outdoor dining areas by either a four metre smoke free buffer zone or a wall that is at least 2.1 metres high.
Monash has been a strong advocate for a 100% ban on smoking in all outdoor dining and drinking areas of cafes and restaurants at all times.
After the new law was announced last year, Council wrote to the Health Minister Jill Hennessy expressing concern that the new laws did not go far enough and reinforcing its calls for a comprehensive ban on smoking in all outdoor dining and drinking areas.
Council staff will work with traders during the changeover to these laws and is looking at educating traders rather than enforcement during the early stages of implementation.
During August Council officers will be available to visit traders to help with any queries around the new laws. Enquiries: 9518 3555.
More information: Health Victoria - Tobacco reforms