The world is a bit crazy right now, and thanks to COVID-19, we’ve seen a lot of changes in the way we live our daily lives, from “safer at home” measures and business closures to grocery shortages of items like flour, eggs, and yeast. Even big companies like Costco aren’t immune to the changing times – they’ve changed their store hours, taken measures to prevent toilet paper hoarding, and have even changed the menu at their food court. Now, they’re making another big change. Starting on May 4, 2020, Costco members and guests will be required to wear “a mask or face covering that covers the mouth and nose at all times” while shopping.
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😷NEW Face Covering Requirements to start taking place on 5/4 at select @Costco warehouses! . According to updates from Costco.com website, Some states and/or local jurisdictions require face coverings to be worn when in public. Costco will adhere to those requirements. Children under 2 do not need coverings. Check your local Costco warehouse for more information!#costcodeals #costco . We have not got confirmation that this is nationwide. But will vary per state and local jurisdictions. We will update if we get any additional information. . 👉UPDATE as of 4/29 from Costco.com: this now will be required at all Costco warehouses nationwide: “To protect our members and employees, effective May 4, all Costco members and guests must wear a mask or face covering that covers the mouth and nose at all times while at Costco. This requirement does not apply to children under the age of 2 or to individuals who are unable to wear a mask or face covering due to a medical condition. The use of a mask or face covering should not be seen as a substitute for social distancing. Please continue to observe rules regarding appropriate distancing while on Costco premises. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.” . 📸 @a_n_t___ this was at the Vacaville CA Costco.
Initially, it was reported by Instagram account CostcoDeals that the mask requirement would only be required in states and jurisdictions where wearing masks is mandatory, meaning you would need to check with your local Costco to see what the rules are.
But according to Costco’s website, their new face mask requirements apply to “all Costco members and guests,” and doesn’t mention anything about the requirement varying depending on location.
The two exceptions they do mention? Children under the age of two do not need to wear masks (it can be dangerous for kids that young to wear a mask, as it can impede their breathing), and those who have a medical condition that makes it impossible for them to safely wear a mask that covers their mouth and nose.
Unsurprisingly, the new policy has received backlash from some Costco members.
Yeah, face mask? No thanks. Not spending my money there anymore. Will be canceling my membership. Don’t need to be told what to do. #boycottCostco
— Katya (@Katya61586906) April 29, 2020
While others seem to recognize the importance of wearing face masks and support Costco’s decision.
Your “right” to not wear a face mask in Costco does not outweigh my right to be alive (or my family’s right) from not catching SARS-Cov-2 from you. Courtesy, personal responsibility, right to life….aren’t these words conservatives use? I guess it ends when it is inconvenient.
— Adam (@PhamilyDoc) April 30, 2020
If you don’t yet have a mask, there’s still time to find, make, or order one, and you’d be surprised at how many cute face masks there are out there. Once you’ve got your mask and your Costco membership in hand, you should be all set for safe shopping when the new rules roll out on May 4th.
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