MADISON, NJ -  Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Borough of Madison has issued a temporary waiver to the Plastic Bag Ban that went into effect, March 1 in Madison.

Several Madison businesses have inquired about the waiver, said Mayor Conley in his video address. However, borough officials confirm that only Stop and Shop has been given a waiver at this point. The waiver will last for 30 days, after the Executive Order 107 has been lifted by Governor Murphy, said Madison officials.

"I have been receiving inquiries about our recently enacted single ue use plastic bag ban and concerns about reusable bags", said Mayor Conley. "Due to the shortage of plastic bags, our health officer has received waiver requests related to the ban and some have been granted on a temporary basis".

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"Assume that unless you have sanitized an item or it has been in your chain of custody for 48 hours, everything that you come in contact with could be contaminated", said Conley.

He emphasized that door handles, merchandise that you are purchasing, the plastic bag from a store or the reusable bag that is packed by others, could be contaminated.

"While shopping do not touch your face, eyes, or nose and immediately afterwards, wash your hands", Conley reiterated.


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