Costco introducing new face covering policy

Costco introducing new face covering policy

The company will require all members, guests and employees to wear a face mask or face shield in the store starting November 16th, except for children under the age of 2, according to instructions updated on Tuesday.

Costco president and CEO, Craig Jelinek, said they've had a face mask policy since May 4th, but shoppers who couldn't wear them for medical reasons were exempt. Get the full story in the video above.

"For members who are unable to wear a mask or face covering, Costco has delivery options available on", the company wrote in the announcement.

16, that is no longer the case. "Entry to Costco will be granted only to those wearing a face mask or face shield", Costco stated on its Updates and Coronavirus Response page.

Since May 4 the store has required employees and members to wear a face mask but exempted those who had a medical condition that prevented them from wearing a mask.

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Social distancing is still required throughout the store, even with the stricter mask policy. The CDC goes on to say there is now not enough evidence to support the effectiveness of face shields for source control.

An executive order by Gov. Phil Murphy requires face coverings to be worn in all indoor spaces open to the public including retail locations.

Researchers from Florida Atlantic University used visualizations to test how face shields and masks with valves perform in impeding the spread of aerosol-sized droplets.

The latest guideline comes as a result of a massive increase in coronavirus cases in the USA, with the country reporting more than 140,000 confirmed infections on Wednesday.

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