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. Here are some helpful tips on how to disinfect your DIY face masks. 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!