Establishments have been putting up unauthorised smoking permit signs in order to allow customers to smoke, local media has reported.
Under a new ‘no smoking’ regulation that came into effect on January 1, food and beverage establishments obtain a special permit from the Ministry of Health in order to designate smoking areas.
Centre for Community Health and Disease Control (CCHDC) Deputy Director Hassan Mohamed told the Sun Online news service that the centre had been receiving complaints regarding non-permitted establishments designating smoking areas for its customers.
“Some of the parties that have not obtained the proper permit have started to designate their own smoking and no smoking areas for the customers,” he was reported as saying.
“We are taking action regarding this. We are receiving a lot of complaints regarding this too.”