An executive order waiving the fee on single-use plastic bags will expire at the end of the month. The Department of Revenue Services stopped collecting plastic bag fees March 26 amid the coronavirus pandemic, but the department wants to remind retailers they must begin charging 10 cents for every plastic bag starting July 1.
The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has encouraged shoppers to still use their reusable shopping bags throughout the pandemic in order to reduce the amount of plastic waste added to the environment. The state department of public health said there is no scientific data that shows reusable bags are a significant spreader of the COVID-19 virus.
The primary route of spread of the virus is from person-to-person contact and airborne droplets, though it is important to clean and disinfect all surfaces commonly touched by people. Most reusable bags can be easily cleaned between uses through laundering, hand washing, or wiping with a disinfecting wipe.