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Costco implements new policy limiting customers in the store

FILE -- Jared Camberos and Jordi Camberos take water, toilet tissue and other items to their car as they and other shoppers at the Lehi Costco prepare themselves over coronavirus concerns on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. Photo: Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

The warehouse store Costco has updated its policy and will now only allow two individuals in the store per membership card. The new Costco policy will begin on Friday, April 3.

The new Costco policy

Craig Jelinek, president and CEO of Costco, says the change comes to protect the safety and health of both members and employees.

“As many of you have noticed, we’ve experienced a surge of business during this time. As a result, we’ve taken steps to control the number of members in our warehouses and asked that members and employees practice social distancing,” Jelinek said.

In addition to limiting the number of individuals in the store, the wholesaler has also changed their hours of operation.

In a release on Tuesday, they said that they will be reserving the shopping hours between 8 and 9 am for members age 60 and older.

They will also be closing at 6:30 pm Monday through Friday.

Costco also says the policy means they have closed the seating area in their food courts. Menu options will be limited to takeout orders only.

How To Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus

COVID-19 coronavirus is transmitted from person to person. It is a virus that is similar to the common cold and the flu. So, to prevent it from spreading:

  • Wash hands frequently and thoroughly, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds.
  • Don’t touch your face.
  • Keep children and those with compromised immune systems away from someone who is coughing or sneezing (in this instance, at least six feet)
  • If there is an outbreak near you, practice social distancing (stay at home, instead of going to the movies, sports events, or other activities.)
  • Get a flu shot.

Local resources

State of Utah:

Utah State Board of Education

Utah Hospital Association

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Utah Coronavirus Information Line – 1-800-456-7707

National Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Commonly asked questions, World Health Organization

Cases in the United States