Robert Doyle, Lord Mayor of the city of Melbourne, has indicated that the city will soon move to join other capital cities in Australia and ban smokers from lighting up in any public area where food is served. This includes all restaurants, cafes and beer gardens.
The proposed legislation would mean that it would be illegal to smoke in any outdoor dining area in Melbourne's municipality which includes the areas of South Yarra, East Melbourne, Queen Victoria market, Lygon Street, Kensington, Docklands and the Hoddle grid.
Mayor Doyle has indicated that he feels that the legislation will assist the city to become healthier. "I do think that it is time to start considering the banning of smoking where food is served. People are more likely to eat in locations which are smoke-free."
Earlier this year, NSW Health declared that all commercial outdoor dining areas in NSW would be smoke-free from Monday 6 July, 2015.
How unusual for a progressive city like Melbourne to be following rather than leading ....
Source : Hospitality Magazine, 31 March 2015