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Revised Guidance for Reusables under Shelter-In-Place Order

June 24, 2020

On June 18, 2020, the Alameda County Health Department* released a revised Shelter in Place Order (20-14a - Appendix A), which now allows customers to bring their own bags, mugs, or other reusable items from home if they do not require handling by employees. Under the new order, customers can place their reusable bags in carts and/or baskets, but must bag their own groceries. In addition, the State Executive Order issued in April that suspended portions of the statewide single-use carryout bag ban has expired. 

Despite these changes, customers may encounter stores that are not aware of the changes or need additional time to update policies and procedures before accepting customers’ reusable bags. StopWaste will continue to temporarily suspend the inspection and enforcement activities relating to the Alameda County Reusable Bag ordinance; we will provide updates as they become available. 

In the interim, we encourage people to visit the Centers for Disease Control website for guidance on how to protect yourself. Stay safe and healthy.

*Please note that the City of Berkeley operates its own Health Department separate from Alameda County and has issued a separate Health Order for the City of Berkeley only allowing reusable bags if they are not placed on any surfaces within the store. Find more information here.

Updated 6/24/2020