Costco will soon be requiring shoppers to wear masks
It's just one of Costco's many COVID-19 policies
Grocery stores have been adapting throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, in an effort to protect both customers and their staff.
Costco has a series of policies and rules that it has imposed. The latest is that all shoppers have to wear a mask when they enter the store.
The Costco site explains, “To protect our members and employees, effective May 4, all Costco members and guests must wear a mask or face covering that covers the mouth and nose at all times while at Costco. This requirement does not apply to children under the age of 2 or to individuals who are unable to wear a mask or face covering due to a medical condition.”
The wholesaler is careful to point out, however, that just because you’re wearing a mask, doesn’t mean you can ignore physical distancing rules. The site adds, “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.”
Some of the other policies that Costco already has in place include priority access for healthcare workers: “Healthcare workers (which includes pharmacists and all hospital employees with a hospital ID) and first responders who present a Costco membership card and official identification of their role, will be allowed to move to the front of any line to enter the warehouse.”
Stores also have special shopping hours for Costco members aged 60 and over, as well as those with disabilities. There’s a limited menu at the food courts, and it’s available for takeout only. A full list of Costco’s COVID-19 policies is here.
The company’s president and CEO, Craig Jelinek, wrote, “At Costco, as we continue to manage our way through this crisis and support our communities, our employees have been working extremely hard, and we’ve made countless and extraordinary changes in our warehouses, depots, manufacturing facilities and offices. These measures have been for a single, overall purpose: to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of Costco employees and members.
“The issues presented by this crisis are new to all of us, and we at Costco don’t pretend to have all the answers. We are not perfect. But every step of the way, we’ve done our best to take care of our employees, take care of our members and support our communities.”