City to end stay on plastic bag ban

Starting this week, you'll either have to pay five cents for a plastic bag or bring your own reusable checkout bags at stores in Boston.

Mayor Walsh last March issued an executive order that temporarily lifted the bag ordinance due to the Covid crisis. Starting next week, retail establishments will need to come back into compliance by offering customers reusable, recyclable or compostable checkout bags for a fee--or allow them to use their own.

The policy goes back into effect on Oct. 1. City inspectors will be checking in at stores to make sure they comply--and will issue warnings for a first offense, storeowners will be fined $50. Any subsequent violation will cost storeowners $100.