Costco reduces COVID-19 purchasing time for seniors, healthcare professionals
Costco reduces COVID-19 purchasing time for seniors, healthcare professionals

Costco reduces COVID-19 purchasing time for seniors, healthcare professionals

  • Costco is ending its special COVID-19 purchase times, which they made available during the pandemic.
  • The warehouse giant reserved special opening hours for seniors, health professionals and first aiders.
  • Costco planned to end the special hours last summer, but turned the course as COVID-19 cases rose.

Costco closes its special opening hours for customers who are vulnerable to COVID-19.

Sunday is the last day the warehouse giant will reserve an hour in the morning exclusively for seniors, health professionals and first aiders, according to a update on its website.

Early in the pandemic, Costco set aside an hour a day exclusively for these customers so they could avoid larger crowds at the warehouses. In July 2020, Costco cut down on the availability of the special opening hours for two days a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9 and 10

Last summer, the company announced it would completely get rid of the special opening hours before go back to that decision a few weeks later when COVID-19 cases increased.

Costco allowed members 60 years of age or older, pharmacists, hospital staff with a hospital ID, police officers, EMTs and firefighters to take advantage of the special opening hours.

As part of its latest update, Costco will stop offering early shopping availability in all U.S. and Puerto Rico locations, with the exception of four stores. Two are located in New York, one is in California and another is in Hawaii.

“Members who do not wish to shop during normal business hours are welcome to visit Costco.com for all of their shopping needs,” Costco wrote on its website.

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