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Jeff Katz
March 26, 2020 - 1:31 pm

Several states are banning reusable grocery bags and allowing the use of one-use plastic and paper bags due to concerns that reusable bags are a threat to public health in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu (R) banned the reusable bags, claiming they could help spread the COVID-19 virus that is shutting down businesses across the country. 

Sununu said in a statement, "Our grocery store workers are on the front lines of COVID-19, working around the clock to keep New Hampshire 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."

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) did the same thing on Wednesday, issuing a temporary ban on all reusable grocery bags and prohibiting stores from charging customers for paper or plastic bags.