This whole situation is bumming me out. I’m not sure the science supports reusable bags being a risk factor. Yes, they came from your house. But so did you, and you’ve touched every single grocery item the bagger is adding to your bags more recently than you touched those bags. The information seems to be pretty clear that this is spread by respiratory droplets and close contact. Sanitizing hands between customers is happening anyways and I’m really not sure the bags are an issue above and beyond contact with the public in general. Actually, let me be a bit stronger: I’m sure
the bags are not an issue. There are no cases of reusable-bag-spread COVID-19. I feel this is a bit of an effort to make people feel there is something we can control in this whole miserable situation, whether it’s evidence-based or not.
I posted my photos of bagging in the parking lot (the idea for which I got here - thanks!) and several friends chimed in that their states have no such ban on reusable bags. There’s also emerging info about big plastic lobbying for bailouts and pushing to position their products as “safer.”
Anyways, here’s $360 of Market Basket groceries (which is equivalent to $705 of Whole Foods groceries for those of you keeping score) in the parking lot, and bagged by me in my car. And no, MB does not have handle bags as far as I’ve seen.