Shortly before noon Monday, two elderly women stood in the cold outside the General Store, waiting to hear if they would be able to buy Harvard trash bags. The answer, when it finally came, was no. The bags were sold out and wouldn’t be available until the end of the week. Although strangers, the women were now linked by a common problem: where to buy trash bags when you’re supposed to be staying at home.
Their options were to drive to one of two stores in Ayer, which had just reported its first COVID-19 death, or to try the only remaining outlet in town, an Ayer Road business that had a limited supply of the bags they needed.
In a town where roughly a third of the population is over the age of 60, isn’t it lunacy to require unsafe conduct in order to legally dispose of trash? While the town is issuing executive orders on a daily basis, perhaps one of those orders could give us one less thing to worry about: an order to either increase safe options for obtaining the approved bags here in Harvard, or allowing trash disposal in regular bags until a reliable supply of approved bags at safe locations is assured.