Smoking ban on outdoor dining areas lifted

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Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The ban on smoking in outdoor areas of restaurants has been lifted on Friday through a legal notice.

Health authorities had restricted smoking any tobacco products within ten-metre distance of places where food is served.

The ban was put in place to safeguard non-smokers from passive smoking, as more people are dining outdoors where the risk of coronavirus transmission is lower.

Superintendent of Public Health Professor Charmaine Gauci had explained that the indoor smoking ban at restaurants was extended to outdoor dining areas to protect the well-being of all customers.

Restaurants were allowed to reopen in May after government restrictions to limit the spread of coronavirus were lifted. Restaurants and other catering establishments were allowed to reopen subject to regulations of social distancing and hygiene.

Earlier this week restaurants criticized the non-smoking policy which was part of the coronavirus mitigation measures, arguing that this would keep clients away.