Costco Says Stores Will Resume Regular Operating Hours Starting Next Week

May 1, 2020 Updated: May 1, 2020

Costco locations across much of the United States will resume regular operating hours starting next week, the company announced.

On Friday, the Seattle-based retailer confirmed it updated its shopping policy amid the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic.

Starting on May 4, “most” Costco locations and gas stations in the United States “will return to regular operating hours,” the firm said. Specific operating hours still vary from location to location, however.

Costco started closing its stores at 6:30 p.m. on weekdays starting in March due to the pandemic.

The statement added that for Costco shoppers who are aged 60 and older and those with disabilities, its stores will open from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. weekdays, starting May 4.

“Only members who meet this criteria will be able to shop during these hours. Guests will not be admitted. The pharmacy will be open, but the Costco Food Court will be closed during these hours. Find a Costco warehouse near you,” according to Costco. But locations in several areas will provide these hours at a different time.

Also starting on May 4, Costco will require all shoppers to wear face protection that covers the nose and mouth at all times to reduce the transmission of the CCP virus, a novel coronavirus that originated in mainland China and causes COVID-19.

“This requirement does not apply to children under the age of 2 or to individuals who are unable to wear a face covering due to a medical condition,” Costco wrote. “The use of a face covering should not be seen as a substitute for social distancing. Please continue to observe rules regarding appropriate distancing while on Costco premises.”