Costco Wholesale Corp. will require all employees and customers to wear masks or masks starting Monday.
Since May 4, customers have been required to wear masks in stores, but customers who cannot wear masks due to medical reasons are not subject to this regulation. This will no longer be the case.
CEO Craig Jelinek said in a letter to members: “If a member’s health prevents it from wearing a mask, they must wear a mask at Costco.”
The new regulations will apply to all children under the age of 2.
Jelinek said: “This updated policy may seem inconvenient for some people, but we believe that increasing security is worth the inconvenience.” “Our goal is to continue to provide a safe shopping environment for our members and guests, and Provide a safe working environment for our employees.”
The use of masks has become a political hotspot in parts of the country, but public health experts have called for masks as a simple and effective way to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Earlier this week, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strengthened its recommendations for masks, saying that research shows that masks can also protect the wearer. Before that, masks were seen as a way to protect others.
According to the new “New York Times” data, when Costco’s new policy was introduced, there was a surge in new coronavirus cases across the country, with 160,000 new cases on Thursday.
Since data from Johns Hopkins University, since the beginning of the pandemic, the United States has reported more than 10.5 million coronavirus cases and more than 242,000 deaths, the highest in the world.
Because consumers are restricted by the coronavirus, Costco’s sales have surged because consumers stay at home while buying food and supplies. Sales in October increased by 16% compared to last year. Compared with the SPX of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, Costco’s stock price has risen 28% year-to-date.
An increase of 9.5%.