Some are not bothering to file an exemption. One local restaurant owner quipped, “I’m not going to adhere to it. After 29 years of smoking in my bar, I’m not going to deny myself and my customers an opportunity to light up a cigarette at the bar.”
Businesses and patrons may be fined anywhere from $250 to $1,000 for failing to observe the new regulation. The law, which depends on tattletales for enforcement, applies to all public establishments, with some exemptions for restaurants, hotels, and bars.