(a) The Mayor may grant an economic hardship waiver from the requirements of this
subchapter; provided, that prior to the granting of a waiver, the applicant establishes,
to the satisfaction of the Mayor, that compliance with the requirements of this subchapter
has caused or will cause undue financial hardship. An economic hardship waiver shall be based on regulations issued in accordance with
(b) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, places of employment and public places
where smoking is permitted pursuant to subsection (a) of this section shall:
(1) Have been in existence on or before January 1, 2007;
(2) Not permit smoking in an area that exceeds 25% of the total area, if the place
of employment or public place is a restaurant as defined in § 25-101; and
(3) Be subject to conditions or restrictions as may be necessary to minimize the adverse
effects of smoking and shall be consistent with the general purpose of this subchapter.
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