The End Of The Session
Today marks the day that total indoor smoking bans come into effect in every pub and nightclub in WA.
With a colder than usual winter this year, the next few months are going to be very difficult for those who work in the entertainment industry.
Even when summer comes, WA’s incredibly strict liquor licensing laws mean that many pubs will be unable to get renovations approved to install outdoor smoking areas. (Any such alterations have to be announced to the community in advance, and any objections from the cranky old lady down the street mean that they probably won’t be approved).
I expect quite a few places to go under, and many barstaff to lose their jobs (but hey, at least you won’t have to breathe in passive smoke standing in the dole queue, fellas. Centrelink has been smoke-free for years!).
I visited Los Angeles in 1998 after they enacted their smoking bans. Many pubs and clubs had actually gone to the trouble to install smoke machines to make the place seem more like a bar and less like a hospital. That sort of thing is unlikely to happen here though, as most WA operators don’t understand the concept of catering to punters, and will likely just close down instead.
The most boring city in the developed world just got a little more boring.