For John, BLUF: In Lowell we banned grocery store "one time use" plastic shopping bags. Nothing to see here; just move along.
From The Boston Herald,by Reporter Adriana Cohen, 22 March 2020.
Here is the lede plus four:
As we combat the coronavirus pandemic it’s important for Americans to note that many environmental initiatives that purport to “save the planet” not only restrict consumer choice and hurt the business sector—it also puts the public safety at risk.Will the Lowell City Council suspend the plastic bag ban?
Take the plastic bag bans here in Massachusetts and beyond.
In an effort to “go green” many states have banned disposable plastic bags at supermarkets and other retail locations causing a massive consumer shift to reusable shopping bags we’re now learning could contain the virus.
The coronravirus can live on surfaces for days, including on reusable shopping bags, which are notoriously filthy. Studies have shown that most people don’t clean their reusable bags.
For that reason, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu issued an emergency order over the weekend prohibiting reusable shopping bags and requiring that stores use disposable plastic or paper bags instead.
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Regards — Cliff