Costco allowing first responders, healthcare workers to skip line to enter stores

Costco letting first responders, healthcare workers skip line to enter stores

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Costco is now allowing healthcare workers and first responders such as police officers, EMTs and firefighters to enter stores without having to wait in line, the company said.

The temporary privilege offered amid the COVID-19 pandemic requires healthcare workers and first responders to exhibit their Costco membership card and official identification of to gain priority access.

Costco continues to open its warehouses early from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to allow members ages 60 and older or those with physical impairments to shop early. The pharmacy remains open, but not the Costco Food Court at this time.

Costco is also still implementing limits on the purchase of certain high-demand items, like toilet paper, bottled water, sanitizing wipes, paper towels, rice and disinfecting spray.

The company is also limiting entrances to two people per membership card and is closing earlier on weekdays, at 6:30 p.m., except for at Costco Business Centers which will continue with normal hours.

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    • We work long hours to take care of people, we come into close contact with patients risking our own health. We put strangers ahead of ourselves and you’re upset because Costco let’s us skip the line? God forbid you get ill because I guarantee you, it’ll be a healthcare worker who’s holding your hand doing thier best to nurse you back to health.

    • Healthcare workers want to minimize our chances of getting infected so WE DON’T SPREAD IT TO OUR PATIENTS. The quicker we are in and out the less chance we have of doing that, and infecting you. Selfish prick

    • I am only saying this bc I work 16 hour shifts. This is a godsend bc for me to get off work on my overnight shift to go wait in line for 3 hours before I get home to sleep to get up in 4 hours to work another 16 hour shift. To be able to skip the line helps out so much. For the people complaining that gets to sleep all night and has nothing to do all day but complain about things, this is very helpful to healthcare workers that have long hours every single day with no days off. It will only be for a short time. And I can guarentee you I would not skip the line if I didn’t have to work the next night. But right now there is no end in sight on when there will be a day off.

    • It’s not about “rights”, Jimmy. What kind of work do you do? Healthcare workers are at highest risk for severe disease from not only Corona virus but also influenza and pretty much any other communicable disease. And you are going to begrudge them a little extra free time? You are clearly a narcissist.

    • Are you risking your life and your family’s health to save strangers’ life. If so you to deserve special privileged.

    • God forbid you get sick Jim. Hope you refuse care because those people are putting their lives on the line for ungrateful assholes like you.

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  2. How about other workers in the medical field, like PCA, Housekeepers etc. or are they who are working face to face with patients, caring for patients along with the doctors and nurses, are we considered second class workers even though we are still here for patients working in the hospital also exposed and standing 100 % side by side with the doctors and nurses.

  3. Yes Maris I agree with you. I work at a gas station.I help thousands of customers a day. Then Im also A housekeeper that works for doctor’s and nurse cleaning there homes. On top of that Im Diabetic and were considered sencond class works. I don’t that we get a cut. We have to stand in line like everyone else.

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  5. I just have a question, no judgement, but wondering..is it not in the CDC guidelines, that if u have known exposure to covid-19, (those are yr patients, yes?) that u are to be isolated for 14 days from the last contact, right? Or am I wrong? So if u work 12+ hours with covid daily, are u even ethically supposed to b out shopping in public?? Especially right after a shift? Aren’t isolated people (even first responders who have daily exposure) being asked to have someone else get their groceries or shop at Costco for them. I appreciate and have great gratitude for all those working daily risking exposure, including the grocery and Costco workers. My family is working 12 hr shifts supplying hand sanitizer to hospitals and nursing homes. We have a neighbourhood nurse sleeping in a camper in his driveway to limit risked exposure to his family, …so he should shop at Costco possibly exposing shoppers and employees?? This is confusing..sending a double contradictory message…there must b a better way for Costco to show gratitude..(online ordering and free delivery, discounts, gift cards)..as a proper thank u to all first responders? Rather then enticing them to come shop when they should b probably isolated to avoid spread?? I see both sides of this issue, but getting groceries to first responders, rather than having them walk thru their stores, seems the safer option for all

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  7. This just another PR Stunt!!! With family membership when one spouse is RN in acute hospital but membership is on other spouse’s name, they together they will not be allowed to come in front of line. PR Campaign in action!

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