Before, only two people were allowed to use a membership card at one time.

By Jennifer Aldrich
Updated May 19, 2020

Costco is one of many grocery stores around the country that's put new policies into place due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) outbreak. However, Costco has now removed one of its rules regarding the number of people allowed in the store.

At one time, the corporation only allowed two people to use one membership card at the same time. Now, that policy is no longer on the website, which was last updated on May 19. However, there are still shopping restrictions in place for customers in Kentucky and Puerto Rico, where only one person can use the membership card at a time. Other regulations, including requiring shoppers to wear a face mask, discontinuing the use of reusable shopping bags, and prohibiting the returning of certain items, are still in place.

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On April 3, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced its recommendation that Americans wear cloth face masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019). Costco took that recommendation a step further by requiring that all customers wear masks while shopping in stores starting on Monday, May 4.

The company announced the news as an update to its response to the novel coronavirus. "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," the announcement reads. "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."

Costco posted another change to its current policies. Beginning on May 4, most locations (it doesn't note exactly which ones) reverted to regular hours. To see what your store's usual operating hours are, head to the Costco website. Craig Jelinek, president and CEO of Costco Wholesale, also penned a letter discussing the policy changes.

Although your grocery shopping experience keeps looking a bit different as the pandemic continues, all the precautions are in place to keep shoppers and workers safe.


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