Temporary smoking ban in New Jersey casinos will expire on Sunday
Starting on Sunday, gamblers can light cigarettes or cigars at casinos in New Jersey for the first time in more than a year.
Governor Phil Murphy said on Wednesday that the state’s temporary ban on smoking in casinos during the COVID-19 pandemic will expire on July 4.
Legislative and executive orders Ending the COVID-19 public health emergency in New Jersey Last month included a “sunset” clause requiring the state’s temporary smoking ban on casinos to end within 30 days. Associated Press.
However, Murphy said he is willing to support legislation that permanently bans smoking in casinos. The bill is currently being considered by the state legislature but has not yet been voted on.
Murphy said: “Am I going to be open? Will I be constructive in legislation-because I need to do so in law-in the future may extend the ban or make it permanent? I will be constructive .”
According to the 2006 state law banning smoking in bars and restaurants, casinos are not restricted. New Jersey NetLocal laws in Atlantic City restrict smoking areas to no more than 25% of the casino area.
But after the state retracted its original plan to restore indoor dining, Last July, Smoking is prohibited in any indoor place for retail, entertainment or entertainment business. The ban includes casinos, Approved to reopen in July last year The capacity is 25%.
smokes Still banned in the casino When New Jersey finally resumed indoor dining Last SeptemberAs mentioned by state officials, COVID-19 poses health and safety risks to guests and employees. After the casino was forced to close during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in March last year, it is now full.
Casino staff and anti-smoking advocates have called for a permanent ban on smoking on the grounds that this practice may have an impact on the health and safety of guests and employees.
However, casino operators oppose this measure, saying it may lead to fewer customers, fewer jobs, and reduced taxes, which will cause long-term financial pressure. Despite this, Atlantic City casinos’ profits in the first quarter of 2021 increased by 11% compared to the same period in 2019.
Some gamblers will argue that smoking is part of the gaming experience, while others will argue that the ban gives the casino a breath of fresh air.
According to the ABC, casinos in 20 states are now smoking bans American Non-smokers Rights Foundation.
All beaches in New Jersey have banned smoking. This is a Expansion of the National Anti-Smoking Law 2018. People who were found smoking on the beaches of New Jersey were fined $250 for the first offence and up to $1,000 for the third offence.
The revised law contains a clause that allows the city government to pass a decree designating a smoking area that does not exceed 15% of its total beach area. These areas must be indicated by signs.
When Outdoor dining resumed in June last yearAs long as indoor dining is still prohibited, smoking is prohibited in any outdoor dining area.