|Posted:||April 30, 2020 08:39 AM|
|From:||Senator David J. Arnold, Jr.|
|To:||All Senate members|
|Subject:||Prohibiting local bans on single-use containers during COVID-19 pandemic|
|In the near future I plan to introduce legislation to prohibit municipalities and local governments from prohibiting the use of single-use containers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As the world continues to learn more about the COVID-19 virus and understand how it is transmitted, we need to do everything we can to keep the citizens of the Commonwealth healthy and safe.
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, private business such as Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts and Tim Hortons have moved to prohibit customers from bringing their own, potentially contaminated personal cups into stores. They have instituted this change for the safety of the public, patrons, and the workers.
Grocery stores across the country are prohibiting patrons from bringing their own reusable tote bags into their stores. Governor Christopher Sununu of New Hampshire has even publicly urged shippers to leave reusable bags at home. Their reason for the prohibition is simple: COVID-19 is just one of many pathogens that shoppers can spread, unless they wash their bags after use, which few people bother to do or even aware they should be doing. Some studies have shown that viruses such as COVID-19 can survive on cloth tote bags for up to nine days.
In the name of public safety, Governors, legislatures, Mayors and Councils all across the country are repealing or delaying the implementation of single-use container bans or fees. For example:
Please join me in sponsoring this important piece of public safety legislation.
Introduced as SB1159