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Costco ending special shopping hours for seniors, immunocompromised

The special shopping hours will come to an end later this month.

Costco is ending the special senior shopping hours it started early in the pandemic. 

The wholesale retailer for more than a year has reserved 9-10 a.m. on weekdays for those 60 and older, people with disabilities and those who are immunocompromised. 

Costco and other retailers reserved early shopping hours for groups who are most at-risk for COVID-19 to allow them to shop safer and with fewer people around. 

On July 1, Costco updated its coronavirus response page to say it was ending the special operating hours effective July 26.

This was one of the few remaining restrictions Costco had in place to help protect the health and safety of shoppers and employees amid the pandemic. 

As the COVID-19 vaccine became readily available and more people, especially older adults, get the jab, Costco and other retailers have loosened restrictions. Costco recently brought back its food sampling and it ditched its company-wide mask mandate, saying instead it will follow local and state face mask regulations

Related [May 28]: Costco to bring back full food sampling by the end of June

As states continue to lift restrictions and life moves toward normalcy, a few retailers are still keeping their special shopping hours — at least for now. Among them: Walmart, Target and Aldi, USA Today says, as well as Lunds & Byerlys

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