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Planning to go to Costco? Your membership card won’t be enough to get in these days.

The company’s latest response to the coronavirus includes requiring all shoppers (and employees) to wear face masks while in their warehouses, starting May 4.


Shoppers ages 2+ have to cover their nose and mouth.

Whether it’s from a face mask or some other kind of covering (like a bandana), noses and mouths must be covered. The requirement doesn’t apply to children under 2 years old, or to individuals whose medical conditions prevent them from wearing a facial covering.


The new requirements come as many Costco locations resume normal operating hours.

Most Costco warehouses and gas stations will return to regular hours on May 4. Warehouses had been closing 2 hours early on weekdays, but hours will revert back to 10 AM to 8:30 PM. Weekend hours hadn’t changed. Contact your local Costco to find out their specific hours.



The senior shopping hour will start at 9 AM.

Customers with baskets full of food standing in a long line at Costco checkout.

Since March, Costco has set aside an hour exclusively for senior citizens (ages 60+) and any immune-compromised individuals to shop. That hour will start an hour later, running from 9 AM to 10 AM Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays.


You can still only have two in-store shoppers per membership card.

Costco store front with carts and orange cones lines up to create a new line in front of the store

Unless you’re in El Paso or Puerto Rico. Those warehouses aren’t required to follow that policy.


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Costco Requiring Masks, Returning to Normal Hours