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Costco shoppers will need face covering or mask starting May 4

The face-covering requirement does not apply to children age 2 and under or those shoppers who cannot wear a face covering because of a medical condition.

Beginning Monday, May 4, Costco shoppers will need to have a face covering or mask to enter its big-box warehouses.

The company announced the temporary policy change on its website Wednesday, April 29:

“To protect our members and employees, effective May 4, all Costco members and guests must wear a mask or face covering that covers the mouth and nose at all times while at Costco,” the website states.

The face-covering requirement does not apply to children age 2 and under or those shoppers who cannot wear a face covering because of a medical condition.

The retailer also asks that shoppers continue to maintain social distancing practices along with wearing a face covering. Costco has put tape on its floors to help shoppers maintain the 6-foot spacing while in line to pay.

Other Costco policy changes include tightening its shopper capacity, allowing only two customers inside per membership and limiting purchases of many household products.

The big-box retailer has been extraordinarily busy since the coronavirus outbreak swept the nation. Binge buying in the early weeks of March surprised Costco and many other retailers as shoppers cleared shelves of paper products and cleaning supplies.

To counter the heavy-duty shopping, Costo now limits purchases of toilet paper, paper towel and sanitizer. Returns of these products also were banned.