Plastic Bag Bans Put on Hold Over Concerns About the Cleanliness of Reusable Bags Amid Coronavirus Fears
By Jordan Davidson
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.
Massachusetts’ neighbors seem to be following a similar trajectory. New York State, which implemented its plastic bag ban on March 1, has decided to hold off enforcement until at least May 15, according to the state’s Department of Conservation (DEC).
DEC continues to encourage New Yorkers to transition to reusable bags whenever and wherever they shop and to use common sense precautions to keep their reusable bags clean,” said Erica Ringewald, spokeswoman for DEC, as the Brooklyn Eagle reported. “New York’s ban on single-use plastic bags went into effect as planned on March 1. Retailers across the state are complying.”