Consumers stroll out with full carts from a Costco retailer in Washington, DC, on Could 5.


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Costco Wholesale Corp. would require all staff and prospects to put on face masks or face shields beginning Monday.

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has required masks in shops since Could 4, however prospects who couldn’t put on face masks because of a medical situation had been exempt from that rule. That can now not be the case.

“If a member has a medical situation that stops them from carrying a masks, they have to put on a face defend at Costco,” Chief Govt Craig Jelinek mentioned in a letter to members Thursday.

The brand new guidelines will apply to all however kids beneath 2.

“This up to date coverage could seem inconvenient to some, nonetheless we consider the added security is price any inconvenience,” Jelinek mentioned. “Our purpose is to proceed to offer a protected procuring setting for our members and company, and to offer a protected work setting for our staff.”

Masks mandates have change into a political sizzling potato in elements of the nation, however public well being consultants have urged face masks as a easy but efficient method of curbing the unfold of COVID-19.

Earlier this week, the U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention strengthened its face-mask suggestion, saying studies show masks protect the wearer too, whereas earlier than masks had been seen extra as a option to shield others.

Costco’s new coverage comes as new coronavirus circumstances are surging all through the nation, with greater than 160,000 new circumstances Thursday, according to New York Times data, one other grim report.

Because the begin of the pandemic, the U.S. has reported greater than 10.5 million coronavirus circumstances, with greater than 242,000 deaths, each essentially the most on this planet, in keeping with knowledge from Johns Hopkins University.

Costco gross sales have surged as shoppers fill up on meals and provides whereas staying at residence because of coronavirus restrictions, with October sales rising 16% from the earlier yr. Costco shares are up 28% yr to this point, in comparison with the S&P 500’s
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