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Costco updates mask policy, removes medical exemption

FILE -- Jared Camberos and Jordi Camberos take water, toilet tissue and other items to their car as they and other shoppers at the Lehi Costco prepare themselves over coronavirus concerns on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. Photo: Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Wholesaler Costco has updated its mask policy and will now require all guests and employees to wear a face mask or a face shield before entering any of its locations.

Costco first issued its face mask requirement in May which allowed an exemption for members with a medical condition, but that exemption has now been removed.

President and CEO Craig Jelinek said the update comes as states across the country see an increase in new COVID-19 cases. 

“This updated policy may seem inconvenient to some, however, we believe the added safety is worth any inconvenience,” he said in a statement this week.

“Our goal is to continue to provide a safe shopping environment for our members and guests, and to provide a safe work environment for our employees.” 

Jelinek said the new policy will take effect on Monday, Nov. 16, and the only face mask exemptions will be for children under the age of 2.

 


How To Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus

COVID-19 coronaviruses transmitted from person to person. It is a virus that is similar to the common cold and the flu. So, to prevent it from spreading:

  • Wash hands frequently and thoroughly, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds.
  • Don’t touch your face.
  • Wear a mask.
  • Keep children and those with compromised immune systems away from someone who is coughing or sneezing (in this instance, at least six feet)
  • If there is an outbreak near you, practice social distancing (stay at home, instead of going to the movies, sports events, or other activities.)
  • Get a flu shot.

Local resources

KSL Coronavirus Q&A

Utah’s Coronavirus Information

Utah State Board of Education

Utah Hospital Association

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Utah Coronavirus Information Line – 1-800-456-7707

National Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Commonly asked questions, World Health Organization

Cases in the United States

 

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