New Costco Rule Enforces ‘Social Distancing’

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The next time you head out to Costco, be sure to leave your family and friends behind.

The warehouse club recently announced that only two people are now allowed to shop in store per membership card.

The move is intended to reduce crowding at a time when the coronavirus pandemic has made “social distancing” a new buzzword. According to Costco:

“This temporary change is for your safety and the safety of our employees and other members, and to further assist with our social distancing efforts.”

The new shopping policy is just one of several changes Costco recently has implemented in response to the spread of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus.

Changes to Costco’s hours include the following:

  • Warehouses now close at 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • Gas stations open at 7:30 a.m. daily. They close at 7 p.m. on weekdays and at 6:30 p.m. on weekends.
  • Warehouses also are open 8 to 9 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday only to serve members who are 60 and older, or who have physical impairments. Pharmacies will be open during these hours but food courts will be closed.

Additionally, food courts are offering a limited menu and accepting orders for takeout only. Seating is not available.

Finally, Costco is not accepting returns on certain items, including:

  • Toilet paper
  • Bottled water
  • Sanitizing wipes
  • Paper towels
  • Rice
  • Disinfecting spray

The Costco changes are just one way that the coronavirus has turned the world on its head. For more, check out “9 Ways the Coronavirus Has Changed Daily Life as We Know It.”

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