Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Gov. Baker prohibits reusable shopping bags during coronavirus emergency

I have been wondering when the campaign to eradicate single use plastics was going to run head on into a situation where they are desperately needed, And here we are.

I just hope people will temper their zeal.  Reusable bags have been known for a while to contaminate easily with meats, spreading disease.  No surprise here.

Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday announced a new public health order related to grocery stores and pharmacies in Massachusetts, which includes a temporary ban on reusable bags.

"From now on, reusable bags are prohibited and all regulations on plastic bag bans are lifted," he said.

The order also prohibits stores from charging for paper and plastic bags while the order is in place.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh had previously announced the same measures in the city.