After a lengthy debate in chambers Monday, Regina City Council unanimously passed an upgraded smoking bylaw, which prohibits smoking on all patios, as well as any outdoor property owned by the city.
The longest of five delegations speaking to the bylaw was on behalf of the Gay & Lesbian Club of Regina, who say the bylaw, which forces smokers some 10 metres away from an enclosed space, would cause safety problems for the patrons of one of their clubs in the downtown area.
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However, despite voting down an amendment which would see them exempt, council promised to undertake measures to try and help solve their safety dilemma.
Mayor Michael Fougere says having exemptions of any kind would lead to a potentially slippery slope.
“If you accept one here, where else do you go,” he said.
“I think council feels on principle, not to do that, no exemptions at all,” he added
The bylaw will go into effect July 15th.