Did you know that there’s an exception to the smoking ban in restaurants and other nightspots in Minn.? The exception is for performers in theatrical productions.
So what have some Minn. bars done? They’re printing up playbills which encourage their customers to come to the bar in costume thus making them actors.
The customers are loving it. Dressed up, some speaking in accents or funny voices as they puff on their smokes.
The State health department isn’t too happy about these shenanigans.
The smoking ban, passed by the Legislature last year, allows actors to light up in character during theatrical performances as long as patrons are notified in advance.
About 30 bars in Minnesota have been exploiting the loophole by staging the faux theatre productions and pronouncing cigarettes props, according to an anti-smoking group.
The Health Department this week vowed to begin cracking down on theatre nights with fines of as much as $10,000.