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Cuyahoga County plans to delay plastic bag ban until 2021

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Posted at 11:11 AM, Apr 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-27 11:11:40-04

CUYAHOGA COUNTY, Ohio — Cuyahoga County is postponing its enforcement of the plastic bag ban from July 1, 2020 to Jan. 1, 2021, pending approval from the Cuyahoga County Council.

The proposed delay comes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic as many businesses, residents and shoppers are attempting to get in and out of the store as quickly as possible to limit the spread of the virus. Postponing the enforcement of the plastic bag ban is aimed at helping achieve that, according to the county.

Cuyahoga County officials said they may reevaluate the enforcement date again at a later time, depending on the development of the pandemic, but that for now, it is in the best interest of anyone to delay the ban.

“The delay of this ban is not to downplay the importance of eliminating plastic bags and the positive impact that will have on our community, but rather to address current anxieties and relieve concerns some are having during this pandemic,” said County Councilwoman, Sunny Simon, sponsor of the ban. “Right now, moving the enforcement date to January 1 is in the best interest of our businesses and our residents.”