After greater than two years of holding particular hours for consumers over age 60 and different high-risk teams in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, Costco says it’s ending the coverage.
“As of April 18, 2022, Costco will not offer particular procuring hours for members ages 60 or older, healthcare staff and first responders,” the corporate stated in an on-line replace on Monday, noting that consumers who weren’t snug with the change might store on-line at Costco.com.
Costco will supply the designated hours for senior consumers on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at most retailer areas till April 17. Well being care staff and different first responders akin to law enforcement officials and firefighters may also be allowed to buy in the course of the particular hours.
Costco and lots of different grocery giants started holding particular procuring hours in the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020 for folks at increased danger of contracting the virus.
Costco’s determination comes as many different firms and industries have began to loosen its COVID-19 restrictions as case numbers decline throughout the nation. Whereas masking and vaccine necessities have been dropped in cities throughout the nation, some industries have maintained their pandemic-related insurance policies.
The Biden administration final week prolonged the federal masks mandate for all transportation networks, together with airways, till April 18.
That coverage, which permits the Transportation Safety Administration to high-quality passengers who refuse to put on a masks whereas touring, was set to run out on March 18, however it has been prolonged a number of instances all through the pandemic.