May 16, 2002
NEWMARKET - York Regional Council today amended the York Region No-Smoking By-law to increase the size of the Designated Smoking Room permitted in bingo halls.
Unchanged in the By-law is the provision that bingo halls are permitted an unenclosed smoking area no greater than 25% of the occupiable public space of the premises. As of today, however, bingo halls may choose to build a completely enclosed and separately ventilated Designated Smoking Room (DSR) no greater than 50% of the occupiable public space. The original By-law stipulated an enclosed DSR of 25%. As of June 1, 2004 unenclosed smoking areas will not be permitted. Bingo halls then must be 100% smoke free or choose to contruct a DSR no greater than 50% of the occupiable public space.
The York Region No-Smoking By-law now mirrors the City of Toronto's municipal code provisions regulating the smoking of tobacco in bingo establishments. The no-smoking by-laws of the City of Mississauga, City of Brampton and Town of Caledon in the Region of Peel differ from those of York Region and Toronto with a DSR of 50% (enclosed or unenclosed) for bingo halls. All of these respective by-laws stipulate that as of June 1, 2004 bingo halls must be 100% smoke free or construct an enclosed and separately ventilated DSR no greater than 50% of the occupiable public space of the premises.
The York Region No-Smoking By-law came into effect January 26, 2001. As of that date, no smoking is permitted in any public place or workplace in York Region. The second phase of the By-law occurred June 1, 2001 when certain classes of public places such as restaurants, food courts, theatres, recreation facilities, bowling alleys, retail stores and shopping malls became smoke free. The third and final By-law transition will occur June 1, 2004 when public places such as bars, billiard halls, casinos and bingo halls become smoke free. Public facilities retain the option, if they choose, to construct an enclosed and separately ventilated Designated Smoking Room, provided the DSR meets the criteria outlined in the York Region No-Smoking By-law.
For more information on the York Region No-Smoking By-law, contact York Region Health Services Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653 or 905-895-8004.
Kim Clark, York Region Health Services
905-830-4444 Ext. 4101 firstname.lastname@example.org
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