Do NOT Bring Reusable Bags to Grocery Stores; They CANNOT Be Used or Allowed in Stores due to COVID-19

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Shoppers can no longer bring their reusable bags into stores

South San Francisco, CA  April 2, 2020

Bay Area shoppers will no longer be allowed to bring their reusable grocery bags into stores, effective midnight tonight, and South City Grocery Outlet owner, Michelle Radcliffe, is hoping local customers will heed this new directive immediately. “I’m hoping word gets out now.” Michelle told us “If driving, this gets you out of the store and into the sunshine quicker! Just bag your groceries at your car.”

While this temporary ban is currently directed to Bay Area Counties, the State of California may follow, as New Hampshire has done this already. NH Governor, Chris Sununu offers this reasoning “With identified community transmission, it is important that shoppers keep their reusable bags at home given the potential risk to baggers, grocers and customers.”

We realize we are all in this together – apart – and a small inconvenience for shoppers to help ensure the safety of those who are risking their own health to provide retail service to us all.

Customer choices are:

*Put groceries back in cart and take them out. It’s easy to bag at car and actually gets them out of the store quicker.

*Purchase new bags.

“This makes sense. Their bags have been placed in cart and then next customer uses the cart” Michelle explains. “We have been sanitizing handles, and we control the number of customers in the store at a time, to practice social distancing…our line actually goes fast. Usually no more than 10 minutes.”
Grocery Outlet has also extended a special hour to our seniors and those with high risk vulnerabilities, 8am-9am daily, and while offering sharp discounts to all. {read more CLICK HERE}


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