Downtown smoking ban: Clarification
Posted: Sunday, March 20, 2016
A proposed ban on smoking in downtown Ashland, first presented to the City Council on February 2 and scheduled to return to the Council on April 19, would not apply "anywhere in downtown," as mistakenly reported in a staff communication for the February 2 Council meeting. The proposed smoking ban ordinance would -- as currently written -- apply only to public spaces (sidewalks, the plaza and Chautauqua Square) and to all enclosed spaces into which the public is invited, including enclosed private spaces. The ban would not apply to private residences downtown, to designated smoking rooms in lodging facilities or to unenclosed private spaces (subject to the proscriptions of the Oregon Indoor Clean Air Act) if the private property owner allows smoking in those unenclosed spaces.
We apologize for any confusion that may have been caused by the February 2 staff report. Please monitor the City web site for updates on the proposed downtown smoking ban.