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Costco Just Made This Major Change to Senior Shopping Hours

A new schedule for when seniors and those who need to shop with less crowds is coming soon.

At the beginning of the pandemic, Costco, like other supermarkets, created a special time for older customers to shop before the big crowds. However, they recently announced that the hour members aged 60 and over, those who are immunocompromised, and those with disabilities have to shop will only be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 to 10 a.m. This cuts out three days from the usual Monday through Friday, according to USA Today.

The Costco senior hour change was announced on the store's COVID-19 webpage that was updated on the first day of July. It will take effect on Monday, July 13.

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Senior hour twice a week was Costco's strategy at the beginning of the pandemic. However, once stay-at-home orders were put into place and cases started to rise, they switched the Costco senior hour to every day.

Some locations are exceptions, Costco's website says. Several stores in New York and California, plus a location in Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Oregon, are all keeping the 5- or 7-day a week schedule. Some are open earlier than others and begin the senior hour at 7, 8, or 8:30 a.m.

Other safety measures the wholesale store is taking includes using plexiglass barriers between customers and employees handing out samples (yes, they're back!). Costco is also requiring each person inside the store to wear a face mask and keep a safe distance between other customers and employees.

Shop soon and you may notice some items out of stock. Food like beef, flour, frozen meals, and more are scarce inside Costco stores right now. You'll also want to avoid buying things like avocados, nuts, spices, and whole grains in bulk since they are proven to waste money because they are thrown out more. Here are 5 other Mistakes You Can't Afford to make at Costco Right Now.

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Amanda McDonald
Amanda is a staff writer for Eat This, Not That!. Read more