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Governor Baker temporarily bans reusable checkout bags

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As part of his order that was released earlier today, Governor Baker has issued a temporary ban on reusable bags.

According to the order, grocery store and pharmacy employees shall not bag retail products if reusable checkout bags are used. Customers at grocery stores and pharmacies shall not use reusable checkout bags until further notice.

Also, grocery stores and pharmacies, food banks and emergency food programs, including those currently subject to municipal ordinances or regulations banning single-use plastic bags, may choose to use recyclable paper bags, compostable plastic bags or single-use plastic bags.

Finally, grocery stores and pharmacies may not charge for recyclable paper bags, compostable plastic bags or single-use plastic bags.

For more on Governor Baker’s orders filed today, click here.

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