Mind The Gap

If Mayor Street signs the amendments to the smoking ban as expected it may mean a temporary reprieve to city smokers, as it could be legal to smoke again until January 8th. But not everyone is expected to repeal the ban.

Health Commissioner spokesman Jeff Moran confirmed that the ban wouldn’t “be enforced during the gap period,” though the city Health Commission has said they want bars to voluntarily enforce the ban in the interim.

“We’ll still enforce it,” Smokey Joe’s owner Paul Ryan said. “Everyone’s used to it by now. We’ll continue to have the ashtrays at the door, and people will smoke outside.”

For three weeks, smoking ban may evaporate [Daily Pennsylvanian]