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Reusable bags allowed back in Sonoma County stores after pandemic pause

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Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat
Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat

Grocery shopper Sam Cagle is trying to find the balance between not being wasteful and trying to stay safe fromĀ the coronavirus.

So are Sonoma County retailers.

Cagle, of Santa Rosa, brought his own grocery bags to the Grocery Outlet on Fourth Street in Santa Rosa this week, the first time since the pandemic turned shopping on its ear.

Beginning in April, bringing your own bags into stores was deemed a no-no by the governor, spurred by worries of possible virus contamination spreading.

But that order expired late last month, and a June 18 county health order authorized reusable bags to be brought into stores again.

Word is just beginning to trickle out as consumers and store operators are learning the new safety protocol to best avoid any possible spread.

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