Costco Cuts Back Special Senior Hours to 2 Days a Week
By Cooking Panda
Starting July 13, Costco will be scaling back most stores’ special shopping hours reserved for customers over 60 years old and those with immunocompromised systems or disabilities. Senior hours will continue to be from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., but will now only be on Tuesdays and Thursdays. In the past few months, the retailer reserved its special hours Monday through Friday.
This was so senior members or customers who have more susceptible immune systems could shop first thing in the morning, after the wholesale brand thoroughly cleaned its store. Now, as states slowly reopen again, more stores are going back to their regular shopping hours.
But there are still Costco warehouses, especially in cities where COVID numbers continue to skyrocket, that will be keeping their Monday through Friday senior hours. So it’s best to check your local Costco’s hours before heading out for your shopping trip.
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Costco still requires customers to social distance and wear masks while shopping. (Although 2 year olds and younger or those who can’t wear a mask because of current medical conditions aren’t required to wear them.) First responders and healthcare workers also still get priority shopping access.
Food court seating is still not allowed, but customers can order items for takeout. Costco also brought back its popular sampling program. It’s not a trip to Costco without free samples! But members will only be able to sample pre-packaged items.
Other retail giants are still offering senior shopping hours. During the onset of the pandemic, Walmart invited those ages 60 and older to shop an hour before the store opened. Target also restricted the first hour of shopping on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for the elderly and more at-risk guests. Both stores have since kept the same special hours.