Costco to Limit Membership Entry to Two People Per Card and Will Decrease Store Hours

updated Apr 2, 2020
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In response to the coronavirus outbreak, Costco will temporarily cut back on the number of people who can be in their stores at once. Now, only two people can come in per membership card. This will be put into action beginning tomorrow, Friday, April 3, according to the company’s website.

What’s more, there will be other restrictions, like a decrease in store hours and limitations on the number of certain products you can buy at once. The stores will now close at 6:30 p.m. on weekdays temporarily, which is two hours earlier than usual. Gas stations will close at 7 p.m. on weekdays and 6:30 p.m. on weekends.

Another change is that Costco added a third day of shopping with hours dedicated to seniors and the physically impaired, who are at higher risk of contracting the virus. Costco originally offered the 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. slot on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but now Wednesday mornings will also be an option.

Lastly, Costco is limiting how many items of certain products people can buy at once, such as paper towels and toilet paper, which are in high demand. They also won’t accept returns for toilet paper, bottled water, sanitizing wipes, paper towels, rice, and disinfecting spray.

And for dining in, Costco’s food courts are open with limited menus, but the seating areas are gone.