States and municipalities in 2019 started to ban plastic straws and plastic shopping bags en masse, but now with the coronavirus spreading, Starbucks has stopped the use of reusable beverage cups and the checkout clerk at Whole Foods won’t touch your filthy reusable shopping bag. It seems at least Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is admitting just how germy those reusable canvas shopping bags can be. So for now, he’s banning the use of reusable shopping bags and lifting all restrictions on plastic and paper bags.
JUST IN: Reusuable shopping bags have been banned for use at stores by Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker amid the #coronavirus outbreak. Stores must not charge for paper & plastic bags: https://t.co/3RwgI9cPsb pic.twitter.com/ngxvim1rfw
— WCVB-TV Boston (@WCVB) March 25, 2020
Stores are also prohibited from charging for plastic or paper bags; so, in essence, everything’s been reversed.
Good. They need to keep the ban on them forever. They are 🤢.
— Kathy Hussey Kircher (@KircherKathy) March 25, 2020
Whoa WTF?? Somebody better notify Greta!
— BostonBluNeck (@RScanFranklin) March 25, 2020
— Aldous Huxley's Ghost™ (@AF632) March 25, 2020
Uno reverse card
— Cameron Arcand (@cameron_arcand) March 25, 2020
governmenting -> ungovernmenting
— 🔶Carlito von TimeIsAlwaysNow (@CarlitoYgdrasil) March 25, 2020
Oh the irony HAHAHAHA
— Sweaney (@Sweanison) March 25, 2020
Pretty soon plastic straws will be ok again.
— Dan H (@dalsx1) March 25, 2020
No environmentalists in a pandemic
— sameer Mohan (@sameerMohan2) March 25, 2020
Give that man a MAGA hat.
— Greg (@Money_Moose) March 25, 2020
So reusable bags are dirty and risky, I knew that already.
— Jenny Jupite (@jennyjupite) March 25, 2020
They've been a sanitation headache since day one. Tote raw chicken one day – fruits and veggies the next.
— The Sour Lemon (@BirddogJones) March 25, 2020
Raise your hands if you think that "reusable" shopping bags was a dumb idea in the first place.🙋🏻♂️🙋🏻♂️
— jerZboyMediaUSA #FlattenTheCurve (@jerZboyUSA) March 25, 2020
— Kim (@JBaileysMom) March 25, 2020
Oldest: paper bags are destroying our rain forests WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE unless we use paper bags!
Old: plastic bags are killing turtles WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE!!! unless we use reusable bags
New: reusable bags carry virii WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE!!1!1! unless we use paper bags
— Christopher R Taylor (@KestrelArts) March 25, 2020
Pretty soon people will just have to hand carry each individual item to their vehicles, then inside the house
— chinese wuhan the black Elf (@flo_rida_man) March 25, 2020
Who's got two thumbs and predicted this? pic.twitter.com/xMHT9WC2O2
— Patrick [#FreeRoss] (@BitcoinMotorist) March 25, 2020
In other news, where are junkies going to shoot up now that Starbucks have closed their restrooms?
California assembly votes to ban single-use plastic bags statewide http://t.co/FUYlEWspgu
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) August 28, 2014