Large fines for lack of signs

ALL BUSINESSES in the accommodation and restaurant industries must now by law have signs either prohibiting or allowing smoking within their establishments or they will face fines between 2,500 and 10,000 euros.

The Associação dos Industriais Hoteleiros e Similares do Algarve (AIHSA), the association for hotels and similar businesses in the Algarve, has already made the signs required by law available to all of its members.

AIHSA has revealed, however, that around 90 per cent of its 2,500 members in the Algarve region have opted to become non smoking establishments because of the uncertainty of the new regulations and the fear of receiving heavy fines.

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