Massachusetts Lifts Ban On Reusable Bags

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — On Friday, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health lifted the statewide ban on reusable bags, which was enforced around two weeks after Gov. Baker declared a state of emergency in March.

The state DPH said the ban on reusable bags at grocery stores and pharmacies was enacted "in order to provide continuation of services while additionally reducing exposure of shoppers and employees to COVID-19."

Massachusetts' Commissioner of Public Health Dr. Monica Bharel has also rescinded a separate order from April, which limited the occupancy inside grocery stores.

As of Saturday, the state DPH had reported more than 105,00 confirmed cases and close to 6,000 probable cases of coronavirus in the Commonwealth.

The state's seven-day weighted average rate of positive COVID-19 tests has dropped 94 percent in the past month.

On Monday, July 6th, Massachusetts moved into Phase Three of the state's economic reopening plan which included several changes, including the return of gyms, movie theaters, aquariums, museums, and browsing inside libraries.

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