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.