More than six months into the coronavirus pandemic, the bag bans are back. And so are the bans on bag bans.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is ready to sign a bill that would ban local bag ordinances for the next year, his office said Sept. 28.
"If this is a year from now and we are not in pandemic conditions, the situation may be different. Currently, he is inclined to sign the bill and help protect Ohioans," DeWine spokesman Dan Tierney told the Columbus Dispatch.
The move comes even as other regions that had lifted bag bans early in the pandemic response, such as California, have resumed bag restrictions.
Even as the policy debate continues, retailer Dick's Sporting Goods said Sept. 29 that it was eliminating single-use, point-of-sale plastic bags from its stores.
Dick's also has joined the Consortium to Reinvent the Retail Bag, a group that also includes CVS Health, Target, Walmart, Kroger and Walgreens.
In other words, don't hold your breath expecting that Ohio's future ban on bans will settle the great bag debate.