Smoking Ban Outside Restaurants Begins Today In Montgomery Co.

Starting today you will no longer be allowed to light up outside of a restaurant or bar in Montgomery County.

The bill was approved back in March and actually takes effect today. There are exceptions, this does not apply to rooftop restaurants or businesses that have an outdoor balcony. Also, golf courses with outdoor seats can continue to allow members or guest to smoke outside.

The City of Gaithersburg and Rockville have similar bills. Not everyone, however, is in support of the change. Some feel this will hurt businesses.

Violators will be given up to two warnings and then they will be issued a $50 fine. The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services will be responsible for enforcement.

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