Cafe fined €1,200 for allowing smoking

The Groningen cafe De Kachel was fined €1,200 on Friday for repeatedly contravening the controversial ban on smoking introduced last summer, reports ANP news service.

Inspectors warned the cafe that it was breaking the law six times. The court said that the cafe will have to close for a month if it is caught breaking the law again within a year.
It is the first time a cafe has been taken to court for breaking the smoking ban
Many owners of small cafes have been flouting the ban, saying it is bad for business.

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