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COVID-19: Costco tightens mask mandate for customers

Everyone older than 2 will now need a face mask or shield to enter Costco.

Masks are already required to enter Costco, but the wholesale retailer announced this week that it will soon mandate even stricter mask rules as a preventative measure against increasing COVID-19 cases around the country. 

The new rules require that everyone over the age of 2 must wear a mask or face covering to enter the store. It also will now require people who are exempt from wearing a mask due to a medical condition to wear a face shield. 

“If a member has a medical condition that prevents them from wearing a mask, they must wear a face shield at Costco,” CEO Craig Jelinek said in a letter to members. 

"This updated policy may seem inconvenient to some, however we believe the added safety is worth any inconvenience,” Jelinek said. “Our goal is to continue to provide a safe shopping environment for our members and guests, and to provide a safe work environment for our employees.”

The new rules go into effect Monday, Nov. 16. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises anyone older than 2 to wear a mask when around people outside of their household. 

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