COVID-19: Costco tightens mask mandate for customers

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