Costco Prioritizes Health Workers, First Responders for Entry to Stores

April 13, 2020

Costco is making sure health care workers and first responders get priority to enter its stores during the coronavirus pandemic.

People who are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic will now be able to skip to the front of the store’s lines, reported Today. Lines throughout the store have grown longer, so the move will help essential workers get in and out faster.

The new rule includes doctors, nurses, emergency medical technicians, police officers, and firefighters. To get in the front of the line, emergency personnel have to show their Costco membership card and valid work ID.

Costco released a statement on their official website: "Costco is temporarily allowing priority access to our warehouses during all open hours for Costco members who are healthcare workers and first responders such as police officers, EMTs, and firefighters."

As for implementing this new rule, the store announced it would allow no more than two people to enter the warehouse for each membership card. It's a temporary change.

The warehouses will open from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday for members who are 60 and older, and for those with physical impairments. The giant retail also shared that stores will close at 6:30 p.m. on weekdays for the time being.

Back in March, the wholesale chain has suspended serving free food samples in its stores in response to the coronavirus outbreak. While the company has not officially commented if they stopped serving the free snacks at all locations, several have confirmed the new policy.

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