New Smoking Ban Begins Phase In
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A new ordinance adopted by Fort Collins City Council that expands the ban on smoking in public places will start to phase in this month.
Ordinance No. 158, 2013, amends Article III of Chapter 12 of the City Code pertaining to smoking in public areas to include smoke-free outdoor dining areas, bar patios, and Transfort’s public transit facilities, shelters, benches and platforms.
Current regulation prohibits smoking inside bars, restaurants and offices and within 20 feet of doors.
The new regulations will phase in starting January 18, which means that any restaurant or bar with an outdoor dining area or patio abutting a public right-of-way or sidewalk cannot allow smoking on or within 20 feet of the patio. All of Transfort’s public transit facilities, benches, and platforms will also be smoke-free as of January 18.
Those with outdoor dining areas or patios not abutting a public right-of-way or sidewalk have until June 18 to comply with the new ordinance. If you have a question as to whether your patio area lies in the right of way, please call 970-224-6046.
For more information on Fort Collins smoking regulations visit fcgov.com/smokefree/.