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It is not yet known whether Costco in Kelowna will ask buyers to wear masks to enter the store next week after the measure is announced in all stores in the United States.
South of the border, Costco announced Wednesday that on May 4, all buyers and employees will have to wear a mask or covering face the entire time they are in the store due to the pandemic.
In Kelowna, an administration staff member told Castanet that it was something he would recommend, gradually over the next few days, suggesting that it would not be a strict requirement. Kelowna residents reported on social media that Costco staff had told them the store would be in demand from customers next week.
The director of Kelowna Costco, however, did not confirm the policy when contacted by Castanet, instead returning the comments to the national headquarters in Ottawa, saying that their business “changes every day”.
Castanet has made calls and emails to the Costco Canada spokesperson and is awaiting a response. Costco Canada’s COVID-19 web page, which was updated last Wednesday, makes no mention of the mask policy.
“The changes we have made to our business are too numerous to list, but some examples include: limits in our locations on the number of members; the social distance from the lines; improved sanitation; limited services in some companies; modified weekdays; Plexiglass shields at checkpoints and special hours for seniors and high-risk groups, “said Craig Jelinek, CEO of Costco Wholesale, in an online statement.
At this point, it seems unlikely that Costco Kelowna will prevent you from entering the store if you try to shop there without a mask next week – but expect a polite request from staff.
Castanet will update this story as more information becomes available.