Costco has announced stricter COVID-19 guidelines for its customers and the Kennewick store will follow suit.

Costco since May 4th, 2020 has had a mask policy but one that exempts people with a medical condition but now Costco is announcing stricter guidelines because of rising COVID-19 cases nationwide.

Here is the press release from the company describing the new policy:

Dear Costco Member,

Effective Nov. 16, 2020, we will require all members, guests, and employees to wear a face mask or face shield at Costco locations. Entry to Costco will only be granted to those wearing a face mask or face shield. Children under the age of 2 are exempt.

Costco has had a face mask policy in effect since May 4, 2020, but members who could not wear a mask due to a medical condition were exempt. This is no longer the case. If a member has a medical condition that prevents them from wearing a mask, they must wear a face shield at Costco.

This updated policy may seem inconvenient to some, however, we believe the added safety is worth any inconvenience. Our goal is to continue to provide a safe shopping environment for our members and guests, and to provide a safe work environment for our employees.

Thank you for your cooperation and support.

Craig Jelinek
President and CEO
Costco Wholesale

At this time, the new policy will allow children under 2 to be exempt but going forward after November 16th, Costco will expect you to mask up. Our Kennewick Costco, I'm sure will follow suit so don't be surprised if they ask you to mask even if you have a medical condition.

You can get more details concerning the new policy here

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