A few days after Costco Wholesale announced it would cut its special hours for seniors and immunocompromised buyers to two days a week, the retailer decided to maintain the measure five days a week due to a sharp increase in coronavirus cases.
On Thursday, the policy change was made to the company’s Updates and Coronavirus Response web page.
People 60 years of age or older, as well as people with disabilities or underlying health conditions, can shop from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday to Friday. These hours are reserved exclusively for Costco members who meet the company’s qualifications. Guests will not be admitted.
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Costco did not immediately respond to FOX Business’ request for comment.
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The current number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States has reached more than 3.2 million Sunday afternoon while the number of deaths has reached more than 135,025 and recoveries have reached more than 995,575, according to data from the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 dashboard.
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Costco’s hours differ in several cities, including Los Angeles, Culver City and the Bay Area in California; Honolulu Hawaii; Teterboro, New Jersey; and Brooklyn, Staten Island and Westbury in New York. Massachusetts and Oregon are the only two states on the list of exceptions.
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Priority access for healthcare workers and first responders will also be in effect, allowing this essential workforce to shop at Costco warehouses during all business hours while they are members and have an “official identification of their role”.
Massachusetts is the only state to prohibit first responders from shopping during Costco’s special hours.
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Face covers are required for all Costco members. There is an exception for people who cannot wear a face cover due to a health problem in addition to children under the age of two.