Free Plastic Bags are Back in Connecticut During Coronavirus Crisis

Many grocery stores are telling customers not to bring reusable bags to shop over concerns they could carry coronavirus into the stores.

In response to that, Gov. Ned Lamont announced Thursday that he was lifting the 10-cent tax on single-use plastic bags. The order enables stores to once again provide the single-use bags for free.

The legislature and Lamont enacted the fee last year to discourage use of plastic bags until a statewide ban takes effect on July 1, 2021.

Grocery store workers are on the front lines of #COVID19, working around the clock to keep Connecticut families fed. With identified community transmission, it is important that shoppers keep their reusable bags at home given the potential risk to baggers, grocers and customers.

Lamont said he is not prepared to ban reusable shopping bags at this time, but he did recommend stores stop charging 10 cents for paper shopping bags.

Some stores, such as Walmart, still carry plastic bags and have been charging the 10-cent tax. Others, such as Big Y and Stop & Shop, have removed the bags and have been offering paper bags for a dime.

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