US – New Jersey bans smoking in its casinosBy Phil - 8 September 2020
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and State Police Superintendent Colonel Pat Callahan have launched Administrative Order 2020-19, which prohibits smoking in the indoor areas of any casino or casino simulcasting facility that are open to the public.
“We have looked closely at the science and agree with the experts who have concluded that allowing smoking indoors at our casinos is too big of a risk to take,” said Governor Murphy. “This action ensures that we can minimise the risk of transmission through second hand smoke on our casino floors.”
The order was issued in consultation with Commissioner of Health Judith Persichilli, who has advised that smoking on casino floors poses a particularly high danger and that a temporary ban on smoking on casino floors is necessary to protect the large number of individuals on casino floors, including casino employees and other casino patrons.
Assemblymen Vince Mazzeo and John Armato said: “As we work to combat the spread of a virus that’s easily transmissible through the air, temporarily banning smoking in casinos is the best decision for the safety of workers and patrons alike. Prohibiting smoking will make it easier for casinos to filter clean air, which experts agree is key to slowing the virus’s spread in indoor spaces.”
State Senator Joseph Vitale, Chairman of the Senate Health, Human Services, and Senior Citizens Committee, said: “As indoor dining is set to resume in a limited capacity, I appreciate the Governor’s ban on smoking inside casinos. This was the right thing to do and safest decision for New Jerseyans,”
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