It was early March 2020 – right when Minnesota had its first "presumptive" case of COVID-19 – when Costco stopped offering free samples in its stores across most of the country.
Finally, the wait for those delicious freebies is over. Costco announced during an earnings calls this week that full sampling will resume at all stores by the end of June.
According to USA Today, around 170 of Costco's 550 stores will bring back full sampling by the first week of June, with the rest to follow by the end of the month.
Free samples did return to some Costco stores last summer, but only pre-packaged items stored behind plexiglass windows.