The Homer City Council, which suspended the ban on plastic single-use shopping bags, has voted to reinstate the ban, effective Jan. 1.
The original bag ban was passed on Oct. 1, 2019 through a ballot measure that ban all thin plastic bags provided to customers at grocery stores, convenience, general merchandise, and liquor stores, as well as restaurants, and temporary retailers such as farmers market and fair vendors.
In April, the city council passed an ordinance to extend the effective date on its voter-initiated bag ban until Sept. 15, 2020.
The ban bag was suspended after the public and local leaders became concerned about the cloth bags people were bringing into stores and whether they can spread COVID-19. The bag ban is still suspended in Anchorage.