Maryland is currently considering legislation that would ban single-use plastic bags. But some say the pandemic is complicating things.
Retailers in Maryland say a nationwide shortage of paper bags could make banning plastic bags difficult.
Some manufacturers have switched from making paper bags to making personal protective equipment since the pandemic.
“They’re not capable of producing either paper or reusable bags at a level that we’re going to need to get to here really quickly,” said Cailey Locklair, president of the Maryland Retailers Association.