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The Costco Wholesale Club continues to offer special operating hours for members over 60 and vulnerable buyers every weekday morning.
The retailer previously announced plans to reduce its peak working hours to twice a week from July 13, but said on its corona virus update page that “Costco will continue to operate current special hours until further notice due to an increase in COVID-19 cases “” The coronavirus causes COVID-19 disease.
In most clubs, the hour for older buyers, members with disabilities, or immunocompromised people is Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The clubs are listed on the Costco website with different opening times. (See exceptions below.)
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Costco started offering special lessons on March 24 as a twice-weekly event and was quickly extended to three times a week. When the clubs resumed their normal opening hours in early May, the clubs extended the opening hours to weekday mornings.
At the same time that hours were returning to normal, Costco asked buyers to wear masks. The move, which excludes children under 2 years of age, sparked outrage on social media and some threatened not to renew their membership. And there were several viral videos from buyers who did not adhere to the mask guidelines.
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“There are some people who don’t like it, but most people do,” said Richard Galanti, Costco’s chief financial officer, in late May about the mask requirement.
At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, grocery stores and major retailers began to spend time with older buyers and other high-risk groups, or open earlier. As stores that are temporarily closed have reopened, some have also scheduled time for vulnerable customers.
Costco has made several changes due to the pandemic, including stopping the return of selected items and stopping its popular half-sheet cakes in May.
In June, Costco began returning free samples to a small number of its 548 US locations, months after sampling was suspended. The samples are now prepackaged items and are kept behind plexiglass signs.
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Costco senior hours and exceptions
The fixed hour for older buyers, members with disabilities or immunocompromised people is in most clubs from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
The following clubs are the exceptions listed at www.costco.com:
- Los Angeles: Shopping hours for seniors are daily from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., including in Los Feliz, Van Nuys, Woodland Hills, Pacoima and Northridge.
- Culver City, California: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
- Iwilei (Honolulu), Hawaii: Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
- Massachusetts: 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., daily.
- Teterboro, New Jersey: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
- Brooklyn and Staten Island, New York: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
- Westbury, New York: Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
- Oregon: Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
- Bay Area, California: Special hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 9:00 am, at the following stores: El Camino, Folsom, Fremont, Great Oaks, Modesto, Richmond, San Leandro, and South San Francisco
- Bay Area, California: Seniors are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., in the following stores: Almaden, Cal Expo, Livermore, San Francisco, and South Sacramento.
- Sunnyvale, California: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
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