As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, the retail experience is changing in multiple ways, from the growth of home delivery services to new safety protocols in stores. The latest development on this front comes from Costco, with its announcement that it will be continuing its policy of having special operating hours for members who are 60 and older, along with vulnerable shoppers. Read on for more on the store’s policy, and for another big box update, check out Walmart Is Doing This Again as COVID Surges.
Costco first introduced a designated hour for certain shoppers on Mar. 24, at the very start of the pandemic. Originally, this ran from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. two days per week, before being extended to three days per week. When normal opening hours resumed across all locations in early May, select Costco stores kept this “senior hour” in place from Monday to Friday.
The original plan was to phase this policy out in July, but spiking numbers of new COVID-19 cases led to it being extended. In its latest announcement, the company said that “due to the increase in COVID-19 cases, Costco will maintain current Special Operating Hours until further notice.”
These shopping hours are only for those aged 60 and above, shopper with disabilities, and shoppers who are immunocompromised. Guests are not permitted to enter the store with the shopper.
In some Costco locations, the special hour for vulnerable shoppers will run from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., with a few Costco stores—like Massachusetts, Oregon, and certain Bay Area locations—running theirs from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. A full list of opening times can be found here on Costco’s website. Read on for more changes at Costco, and for another store trying to keep shoppers safe, check out Walmart Just Said They’re Reinstating This COVID Safety Measure.
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