The Covid-19 pandemic, far from being over, has again shown an increase in cases nationwide. That is why the American multinational corporation which operates the chain of membership-only warehouse clubs aims to provide a safer shopping environment for its visitors and employees.
Costco was among the first supermarket chains to change their hours and force their workers to wear face masks amid the coronavirus pandemic. Now the company is modifying its health policy again.
As of Monday, November 16, the chain will require that all members, guests and employees wear a mask or face shield with the exception of children under 2 years of age.
In a letter to members, Costco President and CEO Craig Jelinek said, “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. "
Among the new policies, the company highlights that people who until now were exempted from wearing a mask due to a medical condition, must wear a face shield.
The use of face masks has sparked a long debate during the pandemic as large numbers of Americans have received conflicting messages from authorities about whether or not they should wear their faces covered in public places.
The company emphasizes that the use of face covers will not replace the social distancing within its branches and mentions that, for those who cannot use a mask or a face cover, it will continue to offer the delivery service when using its website.