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Costco has been asking all its employees and customers to wear face masks due to COVID-19 since May 4. It has now updated its policy so that people who are unable to wear a mask because of underlying medical conditions can, should replace them with a face shield.

“This is no longer the case. If a member has a medical condition that prevents them from wearing a mask, they must wear a face shield at Costco,” the president and CEO of Costco Craig Jelinek wrote in a statement. “Our goal is to continue to provide a safe shopping environment for our members and guests, to provide a safe work environment for our employees,” Jelinek added.

Costco Wholesale stated that these face-coverings shouldn’t be seen as a substitute for social distancing, and they will only allow people who wear masks or face shields to enter its market.

Regarding other policies, they will be kept the same as before. Members and guests will have limits though on certain items due to high demand. 

Healthcare workers and first responders, such as police officers, are still having priority access to the warehouses, Costco said.

“Healthcare workers (which includes pharmacists and all hospital employees with a hospital ID) and first responders who present a Costco membership card and official identification of their role, will be allowed to move to the front of any line to enter the warehouse,” the policy reads, “only members who meet this criteria will be allowed priority access.”

Written ByGrace Sui

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