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Public Service Announcement
For Immediate Release
(Halifax, July 16, 2003)- The transition period for bars, private clubs and casinos to comply with Halifax Regional Municipality's new smoke-free places By-law S-203 expires July 31st. Full enforcement will begin on August 1st.
Barb Nehiley, a Special Projects Advisor with HRM who has played a key role in the planning stages of the by-law said today "We do not anticipate any serious problems regarding compliance to the by-law. We realize charges may have to be laid at some point, but right now we are comfortable that there will be general compliance."
Ms. Nehiley said she hopes the public will support the by-law and patronize the many smoke-free establishments in the Halifax Regional Municipality.
Bylaw S-203 was first implemented on April 19, 2003. Restaurants, bingos and taxis were expected to immediately implement the change.
Drinking establishments (bars, private clubs and casions) were given a three- month grace period to decide whether they would build a separate, ventilated smoke room and to complete the room according to provincial regulations.
Enforcement Officers and Fire Prevention Officers will begin visiting drinking establishments and other public places throughout HRM over the coming months to ensure compliance.
Special Projects Advisor
Halifax Regional Municipality