Costco updates mask policy, removes medical exemption
SALT LAKE CITY — Wholesaler Costco has updated its mask policy and will now require all guests and employees to wear a face mask or a face shield before entering any of its locations.
Costco first issued its face mask requirement in May which allowed an exemption for members with a medical condition, but that exemption has now been removed.
President and CEO Craig Jelinek said the update comes as states across the country see an increase in new COVID-19 cases.
“This updated policy may seem inconvenient to some, however, we believe the added safety is worth any inconvenience,” he said in a statement this week.
“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.”
Jelinek said the new policy will take effect on Monday, Nov. 16, and the only face mask exemptions will be for children under the age of 2.
How To Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus
COVID-19 coronaviruses 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.
- Wear a mask.
- 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.
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