Big Changes Are Coming to Costco’s Food Court Thanks to COVID-19

If you’re like most of us, you’re probably avoiding heading to the store unless it’s absolutely necessary. But hey, sometimes you just need to hop in the car and drive to Costco so you can stock up on food for your family for the next couple of weeks while we all try to weather the storm that is COVID-19. If you’re anything like us, no trip to Costco is complete without a visit to the food court, but the next time you go you might be faced with some big changes.

That’s because many Costcos around the country are switching things up. They’re trying to make their food courts safer in this time of the pandemic, so they’ve made moves like removing all of the seating and tables from food court areas so people can’t linger (though you can still chow down on that hot dog in your car on the way out of the parking lot…just make sure you wash your hands or use sanitizer before touching that food!).

But the furniture layout isn’t the only difference you’ll be noticing. Costco is limiting items they sell at the food court. According to Costco Deals on Instagram, in the North West region food courts will only be selling hot dogs and full-sized take out pizzas for the time being, and the rest of the nation is likely to follow suit. That means no acai bowls, chicken bakes, or even fountain drinks as Costco does its best to keep its customers safe from spreading the coronavirus.

Costco’s website doesn’t detail exactly what changes will be coming to all Costco food courts in the coming days, but a letter from their CEO does say that they have “reduced some services” and that they are putting an emphasis on making sure store surfaces stay sanitized and clean — they’ve even stopped serving free samples.

Get your Costco hotdog and pizza fix for now, practice safe social distancing, hand washing, and other common sense measures while we all do our best to keep the growth of COVID-19 at bay, and hopefully, the Costco food court will be restored to its full glory soon.

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