Costco Will Require All Shoppers to Wear a Face Mask, Starting This May

Costco has increased its safety measures to protect people during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic can be seen across the country. We’ve already seen grocery stores, restaurants and other essential businesses taking careful precautions to help ensure the health and safety of their employees.

Now, starting May 4th, Costco is asking people to wear face masks or full-face coverings when shopping.

What Does This Mean for Us?

According to Costco’s website, the face mask must fully cover the nose and mouth at all times. This means shoppers can wear a homemade cloth face mask or bandana. The Costco requirement lines up with the latest CDC recommendations, which encourage people to wear masks in public. It doesn’t apply to children under the age of 2 or to individuals who are unable to wear a face covering due to a medical condition, though.

Costco also urges customers to remember the social distancing rules, even while wearing a face mask. They want to make sure employees and Costco members stay safe in the warehouses.

Costco Is Adding Senior Hours, Too

In recent weeks, we’ve seen a number of grocery stores implement senior shopping hours. Costco will have special operating hours for seniors starting May 4th. They will open select warehouses to members 60 years or older, or those with disabilities, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Monday through Friday.

It’s important to note that Costco warehouses are not currently allowing more than two people per membership card per visit. Make sure to check Costco’s COVID-19 updates page before you shop.

Safety Comes First

Remember, we’re all in this together. Not everyone feels comfortable leaving their home, even for essentials, so be sure to ask friends and neighbors what they need from Costco.

It’s a difficult time for everyone right now, so please try to shop smart!

Melany Love
Melany has been writing food news for Taste of Home for four years. Her knowledge of current culinary trends comes from her extensive time spent on FoodTok and scouring Instagram for any unusual food, charcuterie design or coffee shop creation. Apart from freelancing, she has worked at bookstores like Barnes & Noble and Half Price Books and as a barista. She has always wanted a career in writing, and got her start at Taste of Home. When she’s not working, Melany is playing the latest video game, curled up with a book or spending time with her cats.