In the last 6 weeks the global number of confirmed Covid-19 cases had doubled to 20 million.
World wide, the control of the pandemic is incredibly bad. Just terrible!
In Canada however, our new case numbers are far down the slope - at 1/10 of their peak,
and new case numbers have levelled out,
In Dufferin we have had less than one new case every few days for the last month.
Recently, wearing a face mask has become the new normal.
The timing could not be better.
We now know that taking a “covid history” of a recent cough or fever will not identify the majority of new infections.
The majority of infected persons do not have symptoms!
This knowledge makes social distancing and the wearing of a face mask
of critical importance in controlling this pandemic.
Let's keep up the pressure.
We can prevent a second wave!
On January 1, 2021, you should no longer provide bags to customers. You may only supply a bag if:
You first ask customers whether they need a bag and they respond that they require one
The bag you provide to customers is a paper bag that can be recycled
Customers must pay for the bag. Businesses can set whatever price they feel is appropriate for these bags.
Customers should be allowed to use any reusable bag that they may already have, including bags from competitors.
Are There Any Exceptions?
You may still provide bags in the following situations if the bags do any of the following:
Package loose bulk items, such as fruit / vegetables, nuts, grains, or candy;
Package loose small hardware items such as nails and bolts;
Contain or wrap frozen foods, meat, poultry or fish;
Wrap flowers or potted plants;
Protect prepared foods or bakery goods that are not already packaged;
Contain prescription drugs received from a pharmacy;
Transport live fish;
Protect linens, bedding, or other similar large items that cannot easily fit in a reusable bag;
Protect newspapers or other printed material that may be left outside;
Protect clothes after laundering or dry cleaning;
Protect tires that cannot easily fit in a reusable bag;
Collect and dispose of animal waste
You may also provide a small paper bag at no charge for small purchases.
Contravening the new Plastic Bag Bylaw will result in a fine of $150. Any person who is charged with multiple or repeat offences under this Bylaw is liable to the following fines if found guilty under Part 3 of the Provincial Offences Act:
$500 for each day or part day that the offence continues, limited to $10,000
$500 for each offence in a case of multiple offences and the total of all fines for each included offence is limited to $10,000
We are interested to hear about what the switch away from plastic will mean for you at checkouts. What changes will you as a customer or a business need to take? What supports may be helpful? Let us know in the comments. We are ready for your feedback and we are listening.
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