From May 31, the legislation will apply to 30,000 pubs, restaurants, cafes, culture and sport facilities, unroofed parts of public transport stops and zoos.

Czech restaurants are now looking for measures to accommodate smokers and not to discourage them from visiting the establishments.

First, they would like to use the outdoor premises, such as gardens, yards or pavements, to which the ban on smoking does not apply, or extend them if possible.

Czech town halls have received a rising number of applications for the installation of gas heaters with umbrellas outside restaurants that would create more comfortable conditions for smokers during adverse weather.

The Association of Hotels and Restaurants have had a legal expert opinion worked out to show that smoking ban does not apply to restaurant gardens as well as hotel rooms and that hotels can have smoking lounges.

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