Costco Is Making A Big Change To Its Membership Policy

2020 is a year of changes for Costco, apparently. The beloved big-box store made its first food court-related membership changes in February, and now the rules are changing again to cope with the novel coronavirus pandemic.
On Wednesday, April 1, Costco announced the membership policy would change to limit the number of people in the warehouse stores at one time. The decision will hopefully help create a safer environment for employees and customers as people around the world try to help curb the increase of coronavirus cases.
Beginning Friday, April 3, each Costco member will only be allowed to bring one additional person inside the store.
Prior to this change, Costco allowed each member to bring two guests as well as children into the stores. The brand's CEO and president released a letter stating that the company is closely watching the progression of the pandemic and working under the guidelines of public health officials. This should allow the stores to make quick and effective changes as needed.
By limiting the number of people inside Costco warehouses, the move reduces the amount of face-to-face contact both customers and employees have to deal with while they're inside the building.
This is just the latest change among many Costco has enacted to help protect and provide for people. The chain has also altered store hours and increased sanitation efforts, as staff members attempt to more carefully sanitize shopping cart handles, shelves, registers, and front-end belts for check-out.
You might be wondering what other policy changes Costco has made in recent days. Well, we've got you covered.
Like many grocers, Costco has limited the number of certain items that customers can buy. Two of the biggest items that have been limited include toilet paper and hand soap.
Though the message across the country has been one advocating against hoarding or majorly stockpiling items, Costco has taken an added measure to keep individual shoppers from buying out the whole store. In some cases, the big-box store will no longer allow customers to return items that are in very high demand. This includes toilet paper, bottled water, and sanitizing wipes. Paper towels, rice, and Lysol have also made the no-return list in some stores. The company has not announced this as a nationwide change, but Today reports that several individual locations have posted signs on the no-return policy with these items listed.
These changes could be in response to a couple of different reasons surrounding the novel coronavirus. It's possible that returns could be prohibited for the time being to discourage people from buying more than they need. It's also possible that Costco is trying to protect its employees from exposing themselves to the virus by handling items shoppers have already taken home and returned.
While Costco has made moves to heavily revamp its sanitary practices at store locations, there are still smart practices customers should use while shopping for supplies, to reduce the chance of getting sick or spreading the disease.
Good Morning America recently interviewed Dr. Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at Columbia University who specializes in contagious viruses, to ask how she shops for groceries. The expert suggests visiting the grocery store as little as often, and no more than once per week. She advises people to go out at times when they believe the store will not be busy, to wipe down the cart handle, and to avoid handling too many items. She is also very careful not to touch her face while shopping.
The segment reported that the pathogen does not appear to survive on cardboard for more than 24 hours or plastic for more than 72 hours, but as experts continue to learn more about this virus, advice regarding best practices for your shopping trips could change.
More than anything, she is concerned about interactions with people in the aisle and the checkout, where the virus is most likely to be caught through respiratory droplets, so she uses self-checkout whenever possible. Just make sure to wash your hands as soon as you can if you do the same. Watch the video to see why Costco Is Making A Big Change To Its Membership Policy!
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  • What other measures should Costco and other stores take during the pandemic?

    MashedMashedСарын өмнө
    • @Marilyn Mantis They treat customers like a herd of livestock....

      Syndicated SatelliteSyndicated Satellite12 өдрийн өмнө
    • @Syndicated Satellite Thanks! They've pissed me off for a long time now, and this was the final straw.

      Marilyn MantisMarilyn Mantis12 өдрийн өмнө
    • @Lucy Huerta They love bacteria....

      Syndicated SatelliteSyndicated Satellite12 өдрийн өмнө
    • @Marilyn Mantis Good move to vote with your dollars...

      Syndicated SatelliteSyndicated Satellite12 өдрийн өмнө
    • @Marilyn Mantis That is good...

      Syndicated SatelliteSyndicated Satellite12 өдрийн өмнө
  • I hope they require masks.

    Peggy MasonPeggy Mason9 өдрийн өмнө
  • Same. Its very difficult dealing with some grumpy &/or rude members. The entitled ones that think you need to bend over backwards to sneak them something thats limited. The masks are the worst. Difficult to breathe on talk with them on. I've watched so many members coming in every day to shop or just walk around n leave with nothing. So many members dont respect the 6ft rule or constantly walking behind the cashiers. So thoughtless and rude. Some days you go home exhausted mentally as well as physically. Its very difficult. We may not be health care or police or fire workers but we get up at 3am to stock shelves,help members all day and still get beat up by about 65% of members. Thank goodness for the polite, sweet members that thank us for doing a great job. I thank them for being wonderful & brightening our day..

    Cheryl SteidelCheryl Steidel13 өдрийн өмнө
  • Never shopping there again

    Shilonious MonkShilonious Monk19 өдрийн өмнө
  • F U C K C O S T C O

    Jack KennedyJack Kennedy20 өдрийн өмнө
  • That's why I canceled my membership and the fact they think it's ok to dictate what people have to wear to spend there hard earned money.

    OzingaOzinga20 өдрийн өмнө
    • Excellent move. It's all about power and control. Nobody was worried about saving other people's lives during all the flu seasons and pandemics. The mentality of the majority of the population doesn't surprise me any. The same idiots that walk around with masks are the ones that consistently run out to their local Target to buy hundreds of dollars in gift cards because the IRS agent with a foreign accent over the phone told them to. LOL!!!

      o oo o2 өдрийн өмнө
  • I was hoping the change to the membership policy was going to be not allowing a-holes to retain their membership. Or people who frequently block the massive aisles by stopping 3 feet away from the edge of the aisle while shopping. That'd be a good start. Costco seems to attract narcissists.

    WillieWillie22 өдрийн өмнө
  • I don’t understand why we have to paid a membership fee while we bring money to them!!!!! It’s not right?????? We should do something about this.... thank

    Son NguyenSon Nguyen22 өдрийн өмнө
  • So dramatic. There have been much worse outbreaks throughout history than this without the over reaction that we going through right now. What is next? We go outside in hasmat suits. This is a joke!!!!!!!!!!!

    David CogginDavid Coggin23 өдрийн өмнө
    • I have to agree with you.

      Betty AustinBetty Austin22 өдрийн өмнө
  • Just about all the grocery stores have reduced the operating hours. This makes the store busier the entire time they are open! What they should have done is gone to a 24 hour schedule. This would allow people to shop at "off" times and reduce the crowding!

    Jeff KeenJeff Keen23 өдрийн өмнө
  • I won't be returning until they ditch the mandatory face mask rule!

    Jeff KeenJeff Keen23 өдрийн өмнө
  • This is a PR BS story. They did a terrible job keeping the crowd messes outside the stores looking like a mob. They are WORSE than Wal-Mart for having product on the shelves! After 34 years as a FOOLISH PAYING member I may not renew! Their so called management SUCKS because the stores weren't managed! Bad on you Costco!

    Andy ThompsonAndy Thompson24 өдрийн өмнө
  • From the business side, bringing friends would increase sale. Married couples should not be counted as bringing someone extra, they are basically one household. Is this only during the pandemic?

    howzit3000howzit300024 өдрийн өмнө
  • Boycott Costco Walmart Target period.

    Iris VegaIris Vega25 өдрийн өмнө
  • DO NOT RETURN USED TOILET PAPER AT COSTCO....SHIP IT BACK TO CHINA TO EXCHANGE FOR ANOTHER C19 INFESTED ITEM😂😂😂😂😂

    LONE WOLFLONE WOLF25 өдрийн өмнө
  • WTF.......Y IS OLD NEWS POPPING UP NOW🤨🤨🤨🤨🤨

    LONE WOLFLONE WOLF25 өдрийн өмнө
  • I really like Costco NO RETURN policy. Lots of members had been abused it. 👍👏🌹

    Jessica TranJessica Tran26 өдрийн өмнө
  • Costco front too much lines that goods.all grocery store too much crowds. No social distance maintenance

    Shoheli HossainShoheli Hossain26 өдрийн өмнө
  • Oh my God Costco too much crowds

    Shoheli HossainShoheli Hossain26 өдрийн өмнө
  • Wait, what about the single moms that have two or more kids? Is she supposed to leave one child alone in the car or at home?

    C-stiana SimtC-stiana Simt27 өдрийн өмнө
  • Costco needs some real competition.

    Bam BambamBam Bambam28 өдрийн өмнө
  • I want to cancel but you have to go to Costco to cancel I do not want to go in the store and stand in line why can’t you cancel online?

    JAMES ROHMANNJAMES ROHMANN28 өдрийн өмнө
  • Costco will mandate face masks for all members effective May 4. #tryanny #1984

    Born AgainBorn Again28 өдрийн өмнө
  • At <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="63">1:03</a> look at that foo, 3 bags of toilet paper, thats a 2 year worth supply bro lmao 🤣

    CiscoCisco29 өдрийн өмнө
  • Who’s buying all this crap...

    Lawrence CisekLawrence Cisek29 өдрийн өмнө
  • I won't be shopping until it goes back to normal. I'm not standing in a freaking line outside to get in to stand in line

    Susanne FioreSusanne Fiore29 өдрийн өмнө
  • These people are so foolish they should hold on to those same things because they will need them someday.

    JUNIOR HECTORJUNIOR HECTORСарын өмнө
  • Pandemic Deez Nuts

    Jerry RiceeJerry RiceeСарын өмнө
  • IF You sell logic, make sure the shelves are well stocked. Sheep, if you buy anything, hoard that will you? Smh. It's unbelievable.

    Dangerous FreedomDangerous FreedomСарын өмнө
  • Limit the number of iteams they can purchase.

    Amalia RinconAmalia RinconСарын өмнө
  • Have not been to Costco in over 40 days or any other store I have to wait in line to get into for that matter can’t wait till this Covid 19 BS is over so over played by the media

    Larry MitchamLarry MitchamСарын өмнө
  • No it should clear the way for the idiots running it to be unemployed

    CitizenMilitia Concreteman1776CitizenMilitia Concreteman1776Сарын өмнө
  • Ya me and wife and daughter went terr last week and was stopped st door we couldnt come in cuz we had three people so one of us had to sit in car I was like are u fucken kidding me. We left. Fucken assholes.

    Old BlueOld BlueСарын өмнө
  • Way over the top

    Peter CrocittoPeter CrocittoСарын өмнө
  • Well what took them sooo long Ridiculous come spend here buy all you want now look at these idiots

    Maureen KingMaureen KingСарын өмнө
  • Welcome to Costco I love you ! Yes we're now living inside the movie Idiocracy! thanks to people's ability to go along with the mainstream media and the indoctrination they accepted from their government schools ...

    Bret HBret HСарын өмнө
  • Haha.. "Novel" coronavirus.. You mean man made virus because of gain of function tests

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  • Those items are Nonepershiable so No need to Return them!

    JAI BanksJAI BanksСарын өмнө
  • Is it possible to ask all customers to wear face mask or hand them each 1 at the door as Trader Joe’s does?

    Barbara DeAkBarbara DeAkСарын өмнө
  • I just went to Costco, and the cashier ask if I carry a CCW.......a list 6 times.... my answer?Keep my mouth shut and bought a membership at Sam,s.

    antonio lopesantonio lopesСарын өмнө
  • Just order from instacart no need to go to the stores! Don’t forget to tip well :)

    Vicky BonillaVicky BonillaСарын өмнө
  • No store should allow you to return them suck it up you idiots keep what you purchased

    R BR BСарын өмнө
  • With every store with a line to get in there’s another store right down the road with no line. Customers need to change their shopping habits during this time.

    D DD DСарын өмнө
  • Should limit the hoarding too.

    Hrodebert M.Hrodebert M.Сарын өмнө
  • Please get Royal Basmati and Royal atta (flour).

    Sheetal KulkarniSheetal KulkarniСарын өмнө
  • Went to Smart & Final days ago, customers had to follow the distancing marked like a circle on the floor which wasn’t there the last time I went to shop for tea and table napkins limited to two or you buy 10, there’s only one cashier then. It went quite fast with added cashiers but no more napkins on the shelf anymore. Should I come back for more? I decided to go COSTCO/ or SAMS to save me a trip and gas...😏😏😏🇺🇸🇵🇭

    blu viblu viСарын өмнө
  • Dumb ass hoarders are trying to justify buying excessive amounts of toilet paper and saying they’ll just use it later but if these idiots just bought what was needed like normal then there wouldn’t be a shortage or copycats making the problems worse

    Robert IbarraRobert IbarraСарын өмнө
  • In BC we are supposed to shop alone. Only one person per family. A shame that Costco ignores BC Health officers. They obviously don’t care

    Lynne WilliamsLynne WilliamsСарын өмнө
  • Stores are always busy in New York City.

    1bongocero1bongoceroСарын өмнө
  • What ppl are doing is crazy!

    Tina MckTina MckСарын өмнө
  • Sell water and toilet paper in a drive thru line outside!

    Ken ShepherdKen ShepherdСарын өмнө
  • Should have been doing this.

    Tonya ComeauxTonya ComeauxСарын өмнө
  • So this virus is never going away? A warehouse that won't let you pick up in bulk even when there's no pandemic?

    here iamhere iamСарын өмнө
  • It’s like following Mad Money host, first you listen to his advice and perform panic buying and then boo 👻!

    som dsom dСарын өмнө
  • Limitations on chicken at the three Costcos where I live in SW Arizona. Still no toilet tissue, limited paper towels, no rice, beans bleach or disinfectant cleaner or very limited on Clorox or Kirkland wipes.

    cisa93cisa93Сарын өмнө
  • Excellent new policy!

    Patricia HobbsPatricia HobbsСарын өмнө
  • Does that rule exclude children. What about a single parent of 2 kids or more. She can't go shopping?

    Autism's Atypical AdventureAutism's Atypical AdventureСарын өмнө
  • I'm never shopping at big and busy stores like Costco and Walmart. Those stores are infested.

    Roy RootsRoy RootsСарын өмнө
  • look at all the selfish jerks hoarding toilet paper and paper towels.

    WillWillСарын өмнө
  • I think I'll pass on paying for a membership and just mooch off other people to get me inside. Tired of freeloaders everywhere.

    Cindy Winslow, RealtorCindy Winslow, RealtorСарын өмнө
  • Looking all those people all close together...that's how you get infected

    3,2,1 LETS DRAW3,2,1 LETS DRAWСарын өмнө
  • Jokedemic!

    A aA aСарын өмнө
  • I won't renew membership. First responders get to cut to the front of the line. NOT essential workers just first responders. If you want me to pay a hefty price to tell me to get to the back of the line I'll shop elsewhere. Good luck when it's 100 degrees this summer. You will have riots on your sidewalks, and you're responsible for it.

    Sophia GreySophia GreyСарын өмнө
  • ‘Novel’ coronavirus=bio weapons.

    Pauli Dee: STRAIGHT TALKPauli Dee: STRAIGHT TALKСарын өмнө
  • In Lexington Ky it's only 1 person per household

    Carol TiptonCarol TiptonСарын өмнө
  • Any Cosco employees have a story about customers trying to return toilet paper ?

    Noah NoahNoah NoahСарын өмнө
  • People will start going to Sam's

    Tral FazzTral FazzСарын өмнө
  • គ្មានពាក់ម៉ាសអីទេ ចឹងតេីបានឆ្លងខូវីដដល់ថ្នាក់នេះ🥵🥵

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  • Instead of sanitizing, costco employees use same gloves throughout the day. Helping corona to spread.

    qaisar4qaisar4Сарын өмнө
  • is th good court open

    D MAND MANСарын өмнө
  • need to be banned.

    abbsnn coseabbsnn coseСарын өмнө
  • I love how basically everyone is hoarding and yet basically everyone hates hoarders.

    JoeAceJRJoeAceJRСарын өмнө
  • Costco needs to start putting up signs at each isles for consumers to quickly find items. Grocery markets and hardware stores have signs at each isles but not at Costco because Costco wants their customers to hang around longer to browse or find items in the store because this increases sales. This practice has negative impact during pandemic.

    BJ HermanBJ HermanСарын өмнө
    • A bit to late. Our family will not be renewing our executive membership. This pandemic has gone on for over one month now don’t you think these changes are a bit late. I got

      abbsnn coseabbsnn coseСарын өмнө
  • Will it prorate fees.

    SicSemperTyrannis John Wilkes BoothSicSemperTyrannis John Wilkes BoothСарын өмнө
  • Very expensive membership in hard times.

    Patricia RodriguezPatricia RodriguezСарын өмнө
  • I stopped my membership when they would not allow my 7 year old son come inside with my husband and I. They lady had the nerve to tell me to leave him in the car. No!! I’m disabled and needed my husband’s help. This is crazy

    Michelle AnglinMichelle AnglinСарын өмнө
  • Anyone who.touchs money MUST wear gloves.

    Twila CareyTwila CareyСарын өмнө
  • I HAVEN'T CHANGED ONE THING SINCE THIS SCAM STARTED---STILL LICKING ANYTHING AROUND ME WIPING MY HANDS WITH DIRTY STUFF LIKE BOXES AND TOUCH MY EYES AND MOUTH NOTHIN HAS CHANGED

    KENNETH BARNEYCASTLEKENNETH BARNEYCASTLEСарын өмнө
  • Is anybody else getting a little tired of the mass media trying to push paranoia,panic etc... with this so called pandemic ! There has been bad viruses for years resulting in pneumonia and death! Something very fishy is going on, ! The "elite", those who move humanity are preparing for something, if You know what I mean...?

    William MurryWilliam MurryСарын өмнө