Coronavirus: Costco limits how many people can enter store on one membership card

Costco has announced a change in shopping policy in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Starting Friday, no more than two people may enter the store on each membership card, company officials announced on the Costco website.

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The change, which is temporary, is to not only protect the health and safety of employees and customers but also help with social distancing.

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In addition to the number of customers being limited, stores in the U.S. will close at 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Costco gas stations will be open from 7:30 a.m. through 7 p.m. on weekdays. They’ll close at 6:30 p.m. on weekends.

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Stores are also continuing to offer special hours for seniors to shop. Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, the stores are open from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. for members age 60 and older. The pharmacy will be open during that time.