Costco’s COVID policy to maintain senior shopping hours
In a turnaround, Costco plans to continue offering an hour of shopping two days a week for the elderly, the disabled and the immunocompromised.
Costco is backing down on a plan to cut hours specifically for seniors and other groups to shop at its warehouse stores as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a problem and several states are reporting an increase in cases.
The retail chain planned to cut hours for the elderly, disabled and immunocompromised. But an update published Monday on its website said its warehouses will be open from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday for these members.
Costco says it will continue to follow face mask regulations put in place by state and local jurisdictions. Across much of the country, mask warrants have been dropped for fully vaccinated people, although there have been few reports from companies requiring customers to prove it.
Los Angeles County residents are again required to wear masks indoors regardless of their immunization status – a new mandate that health officials say will reverse recent spikes in coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and death.
Several states are reporting an increase in COVID-19 cases, although far from levels at the height of the pandemic during the winter. The highly contagious delta variant worries US health authorities.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that schools require face masks for children over 2 years of age and all adults.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 56% of Americans have received at least one dose of the vaccine and 48.6% were fully vaccinated.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.