Stores across the country are trying to find new ways to keep their workers and their store locations as safe and healthy as possible during this global pandemic. Trader Joe’s recently closed a few locations after crew members either tested positive or were showing symptoms of COVID-19. Costco, our favorite wholesale retailer for everything from beauty products to kid’s toys, is taking extra steps to protect its workers and customers as well.
Costco Instagram fan account @Costco_doesitagain posted a picture of new temporary store hours on Thursday morning. Most warehouses close at 8:30 p.m., but according to the notice posted on Instagram, Costco will begin closing stores two hours earlier at 6:30 p.m. starting Monday, March 30 2020. Costco warehouses will also close at 6 p.m. on weekends.
Costco made an official announcement on their website shortly after pictures of the signs started circulating online.
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Heads up!🗣 Effective March 30th, Costco will be limiting its store hours nationwide! Another good move in my opinion, since it seems a lot of Costco locations have had less customers due to shelter in place guidelines. This is only temporary, plus I’m glad the employees will be getting a well-deserved break! 😊 Do you think this is a good move? 🤔
We haven’t been provided with an official reason for the new store hours but we assume it’s to give employees a much-needed break after several weeks of dealing with enormous crowds. Crowd-size has been dwindling recently and the new hours will allow employees to restock and sanitize warehouses as well.
Several Costco locations have also implemented a safety feature at cash registers to protect employees and customers.
These protective barriers seem to be in place in all Costco locations as well as other grocery stores like Wegmans in New York.
On April 1, Costco announced another safety precaution: limiting the number of people allowed in warehouses. According to their website, “Effective Friday, April 3, Costco will allow no more than two people to enter the warehouse with each membership card.” This extra step will no doubt help reduce the number of people you come in contact with while you are shopping.
We could not be more grateful for the dedicated employees that show up every day so that we can shop for all of our essential items and we applaud Costco for taking steps to protect their employees and their customers with these new safety measures.
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A version of this article was originally published March 27, 2020.
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