Gig Harbor will reinstate the ban on plastic bags after the restriction was lifted for health reasons related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the city said on Monday.
Laura Pettitt, the city’s communications director, told The Gateway the ban would be reinstated on October 1.
“We put it on hold due to COVID due to the difficulties in maintaining the standards of bringing your own bags and germs,” Pettitt said. “The ban that was approved and that was supposed to be in place is only happening now. ”
In a statement, the city said the initial ban was due to be in place by January 2021 and stressed that “compliant bag supply chain issues associated with the COVID-19 pandemic” were the reason the Gov. Jay Inslee has put the ban on hiatus.
“Although the statewide bag ban has not been in effect so far, the city of Gig Harbor, along with the Department of Ecology, is encouraging businesses to begin the transition towards the new requirements of the law as they can, ”the statement said. “However, companies are not required to do this before the new effective date of October 1, 2021.”
The city has also linked to a toolkit for more information on the bans at https://ecology.wa.gov/Special-Pages/Bag-ban-toolkit.