Although Costco announced earlier this month that it would discontinue morning hours for seniors aged 60 and older and other vulnerable groups, the wholesale retailer reversed that decision Monday.
Going forward, the special hours will be offered from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday, said Costco. In order to shop at Costco stores, all patrons must have a membership.
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According to a July 6 report from USA Today, Costco announced on its COVID-19 information page that it would cease offering shoppers aged 60 or older and those with certain medical conditions special hours from 9 to 10 a.m. as of July 26. By this week, the notice was updated to reflect the new Tuesday and Thursday hours.
Costco began offering special shopping times for seniors, disabled persons and immunocompromised persons last March due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to protect those most vulnerable to the virus from large crowds.
Since May 2020, most Costco stores have offered special hours every week day, said USA Today. Costco also planned last July to limit the hours to twice per week but dropped those plans due to a spike in COVID-19 cases, said USA Today.
In May, Costco also dropped a pandemic-related mask requirement for those vaccinated against COVID-19.
While vaccines are now available in many areas of the U.S., new infections, hospitalizations and deaths from the virus have increased over the past week, according to CNN. More than 97 percent of people who are hospitalized due to COVID-19 are unvaccinated. The delta variant of the virus has also contributed to rising case numbers.
Until July 26, special morning hours will vary depending on location. Those who do not meet the senior, disabled or immunocompromised criteria are not allowed to shop at Costco during special hours as guests.