City’s Single-Use Bag Ordinance takes effect April 10: A new City ordinance takes effect on April 10 that prohibits retail businesses in the City from providing plastic carry-out bags to customers at check out. It also requires businesses to charge a 10-cent fee for each paper carry-out bag. Restaurants are exempt from the new requirements. Capitola, Watsonville and the County of Santa Cruz have similar ordinances. So remember to bring your reusable bag when shopping! More Info.