Costco has announced that members and guests must wear a mask or face covering at all times while shopping in its stores.
In a press release, the company stated that starting May 4, customers must wear a mask or at least a face covering that covers the mouth and nose.
According to the company, the requirement does not apply to children under the age of 2 or to those unable to wear a mask due to a medical condition.
“The use of a mask or face covering should not be seen as a substitute for social distancing. Please continue to observe rules regarding appropriate distancing while on Costco premises. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation,” Costco stated.
In addition to the new face mask rule, Costco announced special hours for members ages 60 and older, and people with disabilities.
The company says beginning May 4, select Costco warehouses will be open from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Monday through Friday for those most at risk for the virus.
Only members who meet this criteria will be able to shop during these hours. Guests will not be admitted.
On May 4, most Costco locations and Costco gas stations will return to regular operating hours. For specific hours, find a Costco warehouse near you.
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