Americans in New Hampshire have been formally told to use single-use plastic bags by their Governor as part of efforts to reduce the spread of Covid-19.
The so-called 'emergency order 10' requires 'all grocers and retail stores to temporarily transition to use of single-use paper or plastic bags'.
It orders shoppers to leave reusable bags at home to stop 'community transmission'.
The official document says: "This order shall apply to grocery stores, supermarkets, convenience stores, retail stores selling any product, and any other similar establishment engaged in in-store sale of retail products to customers."
In an official statement Governor Chris Sununu (pictured, front, from Facebook) said: "Our grocery store workers are on the front lines of COVID-19, working around the clock to keep New Hampshire families fed.
"With identified community transmission, it is important that shoppers keep their reusable bags at home given the potential risk to baggers, grocers and customers.
"This Emergency Order directs all grocers and retail stores in the state to temporarily transition to only use new paper or plastic grocery bags provided by stores as soon as feasibly possible."