By adamg on Tue, 07/14/2020 - 4:22pm
Mayor Walsh announced today that Boston stores will continue to be allowed to use plastic bags until Sept. 30.
The city had originally abandoned its plastic-bag ban as an emergency measure in March as coronavirus tightened its grip on the state - which eventually banned the use of recyclable bags statewide, but which this week said shoppers could resume using recyclable and cloth bags on their shopping trips.
In a statement today, Walsh said the move would let stores use up their stocks of thin plastic bags:
While we're extending that suspension to best serve businesses and residents, I want to be clear that the Boston Public Health Commission and the state Department of Public Health have said that reusable bags are safe and people should feel free to use them.
He added that, until Sept. 30, stores cannot charge consumers for bags.