COVID-19 Emergency Changes to Consumer Bag Regulations

Updated: 3/22/2020

Given the disruptions caused by COVID-19, several states have temporarily stopped enforcement or delayed implementation of regulations that ban retailers from giving out plastic consumer bags. The chart below summarizes statelevel actions related to plastic consumer bags. However, note that most consumer bag related regulations are at the local level. This is a changing situation and it is possible that not all actions are included here. If you know of changes or additional states suspending enforcement, please send a note to

For Information on local bag regulations, visit the Retail Compliance Center's consumer bag legislation page.

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