Plastic Bag Bans Put on Hold Amid Coronavirus Fears

Summary by Liz Couture, Drawdown Richmond Hill

While plastic reusable bags may or may not “cling to” the coronavirus (there is no evidence as yet), it is always good hygiene practice to wipe them down. Keep using reusable, though.


"A number of states and cities that implemented bans on plastic bags are putting them on hold over concerns about the cleanliness of reusable bags amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last week, the Massachusetts Food Administration asked Governor Charlie Baker to rescind bans on plastic bags in several towns over concerns that handling the reusable bags poses a threat to grocery store workers. While some viruses are known to survive in reusable shopping bags for up to nine days, there is no evidence so far that the novel coronavirus does, according to Patch."


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