According to sputniknews, Russia passed an amendment to the "anti smoking law" in late June, stipulating that smoking and electronic cigarettes should not be used in cafes and restaurants from October 30.
Russia has banned smoking in cafes and restaurants since June 1, 2014, banned the use of nicotine containing products (tobacco heating system, electronic cigarette) since October 30, and banned the use of hookah in indoor places providing public catering services.
Affected by the spread of the new coronavirus epidemic and related anti epidemic measures, the new ban came into effect when the flow of people in public catering businesses had already been depressed. For example, the federal agency for the protection of consumer rights and citizens' safety has previously recommended that all citizens wear masks in crowded places, and that entertainment activities be prohibited in all regions, and that catering services be prohibited from 23:00 to 6:00.
Restaurant owner Timur Lansky pointed out that hookah service needs special personnel to provide personalized service and special equipment. "I personally understand legislators' concern about the harmful effects of smoking in public places, including catering enterprises. But there is one thing: measures to prevent the harmful effects of smoking should be carefully considered. There is no doubt that it is necessary to do so, but it is quite another thing to ban everything without compromise and without thinking. "
Lansky said that there are hundreds of thousands of practitioners in the hookah industry. "Currently, 40-50% of restaurants and cafes have hookah services. For many of them, this is 10-20% of their income. Under the conditions of crisis and epidemic situation, this kind of income may be decisive for the business to tide over difficulties."
Lansky points out, for example, that many other countries allow smoking and non-smoking areas in food and beverage establishments, and put forward special requirements for ventilation and ventilation. "Even if this practice will cost many businesses money, it will help them tide over the difficulties, their staff will not be unemployed, and customers can also enjoy the services they like."