The summer weather is finally here and these warm evenings are the perfect excuse for a meal outside at one of Rockville’s restaurants and bars. Even better, that experience will be smoke free at outdoor serving areas.

Under an ordinance, passed in May 2017, owners, managers or employees of restaurants and bars cannot knowingly allow smoking or vaping on patios, decks, porches or at other outdoor serving areas, and food service facilities are required to post conspicuous signs announcing the vaping/smoking prohibition.

More information about the ban can be found at, by selecting the May 22, 2017, Mayor and Council meeting, and at