Not too sure to be honest, we have been told that any area that has a roof is be non smoking. However, a friend who owns a bar has a wide open frontage and screens (not brick walls) either side with a roof and yet he has been told by the local authorities that it's ok to smoke there, just not in their main inside area.
It's all pretty much hit and miss at the moment to be honest and nobody seems to know what the actual laws are.
We've had great feedback today from non smokers though, so I guess it works both way!
Message posted by paleofan on 04 July 2009 at 12:35pm - IP Logged
Outside area that are covered are not usually classed as permeanent buildings as they can be easily removed, i.e. not concreted in, and therefore they are excluded from the legislation which is for permanent buildings.
Message posted by Shakes on 04 July 2009 at 12:48pm - IP Logged
Unfortunately it's this 70sqm rule that seems to be causing the confusion. We have a friend who has been given permission to have smoking by the local authority and he has the paperwork to say so. However, when he checked with authorities in Athens, he was told this directive was complete rubbish and the no smoking rule was across the board. He was told it was European law and had nothing to do with local authorities.
For the time being, he has chosen to be none smoking to be on the safe side, even though he has 'local' permission.
Message posted by paleofan on 04 July 2009 at 2:00pm - IP Logged
We asked at our local Kafeneon if it was going to be a None Smoking bar.
The reply we got was the owner had a choice, to be or not to be,the owner opted for a smoking bar,I must add that he smokes.
We asked the same question in Smileys in Roda,they had opted for smoking although the owner does not smoke,but they will provide some tables up stairs on the roof terrace for none smokers.
The staff during their breaks will not be able to smoke indoors.
i was watching BBC news this morning before I went to work. I didn't catch all of the item about the smoking ban but the bits I could understand was that the people that owned bars kafeons etc had the choice to decide themselves what they wanted to do, the item also showed the inspectors going in and telling the owners etc that it was unnofical sort of slap of the wrists, but by the end of the year they where going to enforce the law. Surely this will become quite difficult to enforce as they won't have enough inspectors or will they, the report actually came from Athens not having been to Athens surely there are very many bars and Kafeions, I am at a lost
Message posted by Cheryls on 10 July 2009 at 12:07am - IP Logged
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