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To slow the spread of the coronavirus and limit the crowds in its warehouses, Costco will limit the number of customers who are allowed inside.
In an update on its website Wednesday, the retailer said that starting Friday only two people per membership card will be allowed to enter a warehouse.
“This temporary change is for your safety and the safety of our employees and other members and to further assist with our social distancing efforts,” the website said under its “Updated Guest Shopping Policy” section.
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Previous updates to the store’s policies have included limiting the menu at Costco food courts, which were restricted to take-out only, and restricting returns for certain items and changing the company’s hours of operation.
On March 30, Costco started closing all United States clubs at 6:30 p.m. and all gas stations at 7 p.m. from Monday through Friday.
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The company said at the time that it would operate its clubs and gas stations for normal hours on the weekends.
Many other retailers have similarly reduced their hours to give employees more time to sanitize and restock shelves before the store opens to shoppers the following day.