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Costco Announces New Policy That All Shoppers Must Wear Masks

The retailer is now taking aggressive steps to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Costco is the latest national retailer to take aggressive steps designed to protect the safety of shoppers and workers alike during the COVID-19 pandemic. Starting Monday, May 4, all shoppers at Costco will be required to wear protective masks.

The new policy came in a statement published on a webpage dedicated to COVID-19 updates. It notes that "all Costco members and guests must wear a mask or face covering that covers the mouth and nose at all times while at Costco."

Although, this does not apply to children that are under the age of 2 or those who are unable to wear a mask due to a medical condition.

The statement adds: "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."

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Finally, Costco mentions how nearly all of their warehouses in the U.S. will only allow two people to enter the warehouse using one membership card. And, in locations in El Paso, TX, Kentucky and Puerto Rico, only one person is allowed to enter per membership card.

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Costco is just one of several retail giants that have gone to great lengths to protect and reward their brave essential staffers who do not have the luxury of working from home. Still, some workers at Target, Walmart, and Amazon have planned a coordinated walkout this Friday to protest unsafe and unhealthy working conditions during this pandemic.

Since COVID-19 became a concern in the states, trips to grocery stores have gone from a relaxing ritual of procuring groceries to a stressful trip to the front lines in a national battle against the deadly contagion. Grocery chains have been aggressively updating policies designed to protect shoppers and staffers alike. Dozens of grocery store staffers have died from the coronavirus, and even Walmart has faced a wrongful death lawsuit from the estate of a staffer who succumbed to the deadly contagion.

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