Shoppers in New Hampshire will no longer be able to take their reusable bags to the supermarket or other stores "until the coronavirus threat subsides," according to the Union Leader. Governor Chris Sununu reportedly made this decision on Saturday, when he mandated by emergency order that all grocery and retail stores must use plastic or paper bags until further notice. Sununu explained:

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.

So for now, leave your reusable bags in your car or wherever you keep them. This is also a good reminder to all of us to wash those germ-infested bags, so when the emergency order is lifted, they will be clean and ready to use.

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