New San Antonio Smoking Ordinance Starting August 19th, 2011, the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District will be implementing a city ordinance against smoking in “all enclosed public places” in the San Antonio area. What does this mean? This means that smoking will be strictly prohibited in public places, including shopping malls, sports arenas, bars, restaurants, museums, laundromats, hotels, theaters, convention facilities, any enclosed place of employment or private business- you name it. There are some restrictions against smoking outdoors, as well. These include Zoo facilities, sports arenas, stadiums, within 20 feet of public transportation stations, and in city-owned parks.
Information for Business Owners For San Antonio (and just about any other city) this prohibition is one that will be controversial and difficult to adhere to, but in the end, it is undoubtedly the best choice, mainly for health reasons. As a business owner, it’s important to train and educate your employees on these new implications. It is also required to have visible, conspicuous signage on your establishment that reinstates the smoking ban. The “No Smoking” sign above is on sale at www.missionrs.com for only $4.35. You can buy it here.
Penalties and Consequences This San Antonio Smoking Ordinance is one that should be taken seriously. There are penalties for violating the ordinace, starting with up to $200 for the first violation, up to $500 for a second violation, and up to $2,000 for a third violation (and any violation thereafter.)
Want To Learn More? To learn more about this new ordinance against smoking, about exceptions, and about what you can do as a business owner to adhere to this new code, visit www.sanantonio.gov/health/smoking