Back in 2012, Decatur instituted a smoking ban at sidewalk tables and there areas around them in downtown Decatur. Restaurants with sidewalk tables were told that they would be expected to enforce the rule and educate their patrons of the ordinance.
Just in the past week or so, Decatur has put up new “Fresh Air Zone” signs in the downtown dining district that inform folks that there is “No Smoking in and around Decatur’s outdoor dining areas”.
Commissioner Patti Garrett mentioned the signs at last Monday’s commission meeting, stating “they are really nicely designed and attractive and a great reminder that we are breathing around there while we’re eating.”
Commissioner Garrett also mentioned that once Oakhurst’s streetscape improvements are completed the signs will be put up around restaurants in that downtown district as well.