Republican Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has lifted local bans on grocery stores distributing plastic bags as part of an effort to combat coronavirus fears.
The public health order lifts local bans on plastic bags at grocery stores and pharmacies and puts a temporary ban on reusable bags. The move is intended to lessen the spread of the coronavirus, and stores are prohibited from charging customers for plastic and paper bags, according to local news outlet WWLP.
Baker’s order requires grocery stores and pharmacies to have at least one hour a day reserved for residents over 60 years of age and mandates customers stand 6 feet apart in checkout