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California won't make stores charge for bags amid virus

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Posted at 4:00 PM, Apr 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-24 19:03:01-04

California grocery and retail stores won’t be required to charge 10 cents per bag, and they can again hand out thinner, single-use plastic bags under an executive order signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

It’s a change that major retailers have wanted for weeks. Many grocery stores have stopped letting customers bring in reusable bags over fears of spreading the coronavirus. Newsom's executive order Thursday also lifted the ban on stores handing out single-use plastic bags for 60 days.

State law requires stores that do hand out plastic bags to give ones that can be reused. 

The Save Mart Companies, parent company of Save Mart, Lucky and FoodMaxx, responded to the order saying it would immediately eliminated the 10 cents per grocery bag charge at all 205 stores throughout California.

Target is following suit as well.

Many grocery stores have stopped letting customers bring in reusable bags over fears of spreading the coronavirus.

However, Newsom's executive order eliminates the requirement that stores charge for bags, but it doesn't prohibit them from charging.