NEW Facemask / Face Shield Requirement at Costco Worldwide & Priority Access

Hi Everyone,

I just wanted to remind everyone that starting Monday, November 16, 2020, Costco is now requiring all members, guests and employees to wear a face mask or face shield at Costco locations.  Entry to Costco will only be granted to those wearing a face mask or face shield. Children under the age of 2 are exempt.

The new policy can be found here:  https://www.costco.ca/coronavirus-response.html

The CEO of Costco has explained their justification in the following letter:

Dear Costco Member,

Effective Nov. 16, 2020, we will require all members, guests and employees to wear a face mask or face shield at Costco locations. Entry to Costco will only be granted to those wearing a face mask or face shield. Children under the age of 2 are exempt.

Costco has had a face mask policy in effect since May 2020, but members who could not wear a mask due to a medical condition were exempt. This is no longer the case. If a member has a medical condition that prevents them from wearing a mask, they must wear a face shield at Costco.

This updated policy may seem inconvenient to some, however we believe the added safety is worth any inconvenience. Our goal is to continue to provide a safe shopping environment for our members and guests, and to provide a safe work environment for our employees.

Thank you for your cooperation and support.

Craig Jelinek
President and CEO, Costco Wholesale

from https://www.costco.ca/coronavirus.html

FYI, Costco is still running it’s Priority Access for Healthcare Workers and First Responders and Special Operating Hours for Members Ages 60 or Older.  The policies can be found here: https://www.costco.ca/coronavirus-response.html

Priority Access for Healthcare Workers and First Responders

  • Costco is temporarily allowing priority access to our warehouses for Costco members who are healthcare workers and first responders such as police officers, EMTs and firefighters. Healthcare workers (which include Pharmacists and all hospital employees with a hospital ID) and first responders who present a Costco membership card and official identification of their role, will be allowed to move to the front of any line to enter the warehouse.

Special Operating Hours for Members Ages 60 or Older

  • Effective November 2, 2020, Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Costco will temporarily implement special operating hours for members who are 60 and older or who have a physical disability.
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