Face mask required to shop at Costco starting May4th

FILE - In this March 20, 2020 file photo, shoppers line up to enter a Costco store in Tacoma, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, Fle)

Starting next week Costco will require customers to don face masks when they shop at stores, according to KOMO News.

The policy, which goes into effect on May 4, will mandate that all guests "must wear a mask or face covering that covers the mouth and nose at all times while at Costco," according to a post updated Wednesday morning on the company's web page. Exceptions will be made to those under 2 and who are unable to wear a mask due to a medical condition.

"The use of a mask or face covering should not be seen as a substitute for social distancing," Costco wrote on their web page. "Please continue to observe rules regarding appropriate distancing while on Costco premises"

The KOMO news story doesn't address what happens if a shopper forgets to bring a mask or if Costco will supply a mask for any shopper who has forgotten to bring their own. Plan ahead and be prepared if you're a regular or semi-regular Costco shopper.

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