LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – In an effort to stop customers from trying to bring their own reusable bags to grocery stores because of the risks they pose due to the coronavirus pandemic, California has temporarily halted the statewide ban on single-use plastic bags, along with the 10-cent charge for buying paper or plastic bags.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom Thursday signed an executive order suspending the ban for 60 days.

During this time, grocery stores will give out single-use plastic or paper bags to customers for free.

The order also allows stores to stop accepting recycled bottles and cans.

The order is “critical to protect the public health and safety and minimize the risk of COVID-19 exposure for workers engaged in essential activities, such as those handling reusable grocery bags or recyclable containers where recycling centers are not available.”

Back in September 2014, then California Gov. Jerry Brown passed the nation’s first ever statewide ban on plastic bags. In November 2016, voters narrowly upheld the ban.

Since then, several cities, corporations and arenas have moved forward with bans on plastic straws, including the city of Los Angeles. Last year, California was also considering a ban on paper receipts.

Comments (5)
  1. teo says:

    The executive order simply gives stores the option to provide single-use bags and not charge for them. It does not prohibit stores from continuing to offer reusable bags and continuing to charge 10 cents for them.

  2. Candy Nguyen says:

    I just went to an Asian market in Westminster, CA and the market refused to let me bring my reusable bag. Furthermore, they don’t carry single-use bag and I ended up to pay for the 10-cent bags. It costs me 30 cents more while I’m unemployment.

  3. Chris says:

    I’m sure glad that COVID-19 is the only virus that knows how to grip a bag; so we don’t need to be concerned about all those other viruses…

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