San Francisco, one of the cities hardest-hit by the coronavirus, banned reusable shopping bags Wednesday in a set of beefed-up social distancing protocols as part of the city's extension of its stay-at-home order, meant to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, until May 3.
The reusable bag ban is just one of many measures businesses are required to take to keep those performing "essential activities" as safe as possible from the coronavirus, which has sickened at least 9,855 people in California and killed at least 215.
Under the order, stores are not allowed to let "customers bring their own bags, mugs, or other reusable items from home" when they shop at or patronize a business.
Other required protocols include allowing no less than 6 feet between where employees are working, providing hand sanitizer to employees, limiting the number of customers in a building at once so that they can maintain social distance and not putting out items such as cups, lids or bulk food for customers to get themselves.
These changes include that social distancing requirements are mandatory rather than recommended, using "shared recreational facilities like golf courses, tennis courts, basketball courts" and sports with shared equipment being played by people who live in different residences are prohibited and all construction that doesn't immediately affect safety or housing is put on hold.