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Costco Extends This COVID-19 Precaution Indefinitely

The retailer is doubling down on safety measures as infection rates spike.
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At the start of the pandemic, Costco implemented an array of safety measures to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus among customers and staff. Amid a third wave of infections, the retailer announced last month that it would tighten its mask policy by foregoing any case-by-case medical exemptions. Another policy it's doubling down on? Senior shopping hours.

Costco just announced that it's planning to keep senior store hours in place "until further notice." Currently, senior hours are location-specific, but most stores are implementing them Monday through Friday from 9 to 10 a.m. During this time, customers who are 60 years old or older, as well as those with disabilities or who are immunocompromised, will be able to safely shop while apart from the general public. Their guests, however, won't be permitted to accompany them. (Related: McDonald's Is Making These 8 Major Upgrades.)

These special hours will also be extended to health care workers and first responders, including police officers, firefighters, and EMTs. Additionally, customers who present those credentials at any time will be able to move to the front of any line to enter a Costco location (though some exceptions apply).

The retailer attempted to reduce its senior hours to two days a week this summer, but the numbers of new infections forced it to reverse course. To find out what else is changing at Costco, check out a list of items that may be in short supply at the big box retailer.

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Mura Dominko
Mura is a senior news editor leading ETNT's coverage of America's favorite fast foods and restaurant chains. Read more
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