All Bay Area counties, followed by the state of California, have announced shelter-in-place orders restricting many forms of nonessential activities. Grocery stores, restaurants and other food retailers are deemed essential, though the new orders will change the way we feed ourselves and our families.
Q: Can I buy groceries?
A: Yes. The shelter-in-place orders make an exception for grocery shopping, which is considered an essential activity.
Q: Can I bring my own reusable bags to the grocery store?
A: For the moment, no. Six Bay Area counties are now requiring grocery stores to ban reusable bags as a measure to curb the spread of the virus. Stores will have to offer plastic and paper shopping bags while the shelter-in-place order remains in effect, and some stores are waiving bag fees.