As of Jan. 1, 2020, smoking on any property owned by Washington County will be banned, after the county commission passed an updated smoking ban ordinance.
Previously, smoking had been banned on the grounds of County Legacy Park, where the county would hold its annual fair. The commission updated the language in that ordinance to prohibit smoking in all parks and county-owned areas such as the libraries and other government buildings, including in the parking lots, though people make smoke in privately owned vehicles if the windows are rolled up.
The ordinance does allow for the county to create designated smoking areas within parks, based upon the needs of the county.
Violators will be subject to an infraction, with fines of $100 for a first offense and $200 for each subsequent offense within a two-year period from the first offense.
Washington County is located in southwestern Utah and is home to approximately 166,000 residents.