Hide the silverware: Plastic forks rule as restaurants reopen – Politico





A manager at Crustacean Restaurant in California wears a face mask while speaking on the phone | AP Photo

A manager at Crustacean Restaurant in California wears a face mask while speaking on the phone | AP Photo

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Disposable plates and drinking straws are staging a comeback in California and across the country. too.

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SAN FRANCISCO — First, reusable grocery bags were lost to the coronavirus.

Silverware and ceramic plates may be the next to go.

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As restaurants around California — and the country — reopen for full-service dining, the state says reusable tableware is fine with proper precautions. That’s at odds with the CDC, which says disposable dishes, utensils, napkins and tablecloths should be the default.

California recycling and clean water groups are pushing back on the federal guidance, sending a letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom this month questioning surface transmission of the virus and blaming plastics and petrochemicals manufacturers for “trying to influence CDC guidelines for reopening food establishments in
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