Costco Shoppers, Things Are About to Change

The retail giant wants you to cover your face inside stores
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 29, 2020 5:40 PM CDT
Costco Shoppers, Things Are About to Change
A woman wearing a mask leaves a Costco store in Montreal, Friday, April 10, 2020, as COVID-19 cases rise in Canada and around the world.   (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)

Costco shoppers, gear up for Monday. That's when the retail giant will begin requiring workers and shoppers to wear masks or face coverings, USA Today reports. "The use of a mask or face covering should not be seen as a substitute for social distancing," the company says in a statement. "Please continue to observe rules regarding appropriate distancing while on Costco premises." But the rule doesn't apply to children younger than 2 and people who can't cover their face because of medical issues. For other rules and related news:

  • Costco has changed its special hours for members older than 60. They'll now have the run of the place Monday to Friday from 9am to 10am, as will people with disabilities. In these cases, no guests allowed.
  • The food court will be closed during this time but will be open later for take-out, per Fox News.
  • First responders and healthcare workers will get priority access whenever the warehouses are open.
  • Walmart tells CNN Business that it will recommend but not require that customers cover their faces. Since March, the retailer has been taking employees' temperatures and offering them gloves and masks.
  • Some US states already require shoppers and public-transportation riders to wear face coverings. There are seven in all, including Connecticut, Maryland, and New Jersey. See the rest at CNN.
  • As for Costco's new rules, you can imagine the tweets. Some include the #boycottCostco hashtag and threaten to cancel their membership; one rages, "I REFUSE to mask up for the low IQ mob that's falling for the propaganda." Others fire back with missives like, "You are all a bunch of crybabies. Where I live we have to wear face masks if we want to go to ANY store!"
(Read more Costco stories.)

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