Boulder Pearl Street ‘No Smoking’ signs go up

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DENVER — Signs on the Pearl Street mall announcing the city’s new no smoking policy on the popular pedestrian mall were installed Thursday.

The smoking ban officially went into effect on January 18, but because of a delay in posting signs, police officers only gave warnings. Enforcement is scheduled to begin April 1.

The ban covers the Pearl Street Mall between 11th and 15th streets and on the lawn of the Boulder County Courthouse.

If someone is caught smoking on the mall they could have to pay a $500 fine. A third offense, within two years, carries a $1,000 fine and up to 90 days in jail.

The Boulder Daily Camera reported the city will host a celebration for the ban on April 12 in the 1300 block of Pearl Street. Staff will be there to answer questions and offer resources for anyone looking to quit.