In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Loblaw Companies is temporarily waiving the five cent plastic bag fee to discourage the use of reusable bags.
The company — which owns Superstore and Shoppers Drug Mart, among other retailers — is asking customers who bring reusables to bag their own items.
“On top of this, we will be opening every other checkout lane to reduce interactions and encourage social distancing, as well as discouraging cash transactions,” Loblaw public relations said in a statement. “We’ve also increased sanitation efforts and protocols, and communicated to customers recommendations for keeping colleagues and customers healthy.”
Save-On-Foods is also temporarily banning reusable bags and suspending bottle returns.