Smoke divide

Brasserie Verschueren, Parvis de Saint-Gilles

This post is for the archive of odd regulations. The dotted line on the ceiling of café Verschueren has been put in place to indicate the separation between the smokers and no smokers side of the café. Before the law required that smokers spaces need to be closed off spaces, there was a brief period in which the ‘separation’ was not clearly defined. A delimitation with a line was therefore not illegal. A bit of a joke. I am not sure when this legal hack became obsolete. The wikipedia articles about the smoking ban in French, Dutch and English are completely different. Only the Dutch one mentions that from 2014 onward, smoking was banned in all cafés and restaurants, regardless of its its size or type of business.