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When Costco announced it would require all members to wear face masks before they are
permitted to enter and shop beginning May 4th, the company predicted the new change
would not be universally accepted, even if the rule was intended to protect both shoppers
and employees working during the pandemic.
CEO Craig Jelinek is clear about who the store was protecting when he announced the new rule
at the end of April.
Jelinek wrote in a statement,
"We know some members may find this inconvenient or objectionable, but under the circumstances
we believe the added safety is worth any inconvenience.
This is not simply a matter of personal choice; a face covering protects not just the wearer,
but others too."
The new rule is the latest in a series of measures Costco has taken to contain the spread
of COVID-19.
Other steps include limiting the number of members per card to two, as well as setting
aside new shopping times for senior citizens and people with disabilities.
The only exceptions Costco will make for the mask rule include children under 2 years old
and those who have respiratory problems.
The face mask rule covers all of Costco's stores in the United States, and along with
the new face mask rule, Costco announced it would resume regular operating hours.
The new policy has triggered some Costco members who consider the face mask rule to be unjustified
and unfair.
Some say they will refuse to comply, while others say they will terminate their memberships,
and their complaints are trending under the hashtag "Boycott Costco."
Twitter user Talia wrote, in part,
"Adios #Costco!
Won't be renewing my membership!
I REFUSE to mask up for the low IQ mob that's falling for the propaganda…"
Other members, like Twitter user "R Hunter," claimed the masks were useless against COVID-19,
despite recommendations from the CDC that Americans should wear them in grocery stores,
writing,
"Simply ridiculous!
Not based on science but fear.
Learn the fact of the virus Costco.
Until you lift your requirement I will not shop there.
Sam's [Club] is just across the street!"
"CDC recommends, and the task force recommends, wearing cloth face coverings in public settings
where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain."
Some also said they would show their displeasure with Costco's new policy by using their membership,
like Twitter user "chuck lorre fan," who wrote,
"I Will be getting a refund for the remainder of my Costco membership.
I suggest everyone do the same.
Know your constitutional rights!"
Some shoppers may be unhappy with Costco over the new face mask rule, but it shouldn't expect
any love from some of its employees, who aren't happy with the company either.
BuzzFeed News reports that dozens of employees across the country say Costco has all but
abandoned social distancing protocols in many of their stores.
Store managers stand accused of increasing the number of people allowed in the store
at any time, making it a challenge to maintain social distancing protocols.
Some employees say they have also seen members of Costco's corporate leadership visit the
stores and ask for cones and tape which mark social distancing queues to be removed.
One Texas-based Costco employee told BuzzFeed News,
"[Management] is in fear of turning people away.
They still do not care that we are in the middle of a pandemic.
They just want sales.
They are allowing up to 600 people in the store at a time.
Employees have to dodge people like it's a minefield.
It's just a complete breakdown at every level."
BuzzFeed News also reports that Costco has refused to address these media enquiries,
but in a past internal email, Craig Jelinek told restless employees that as a company,
quote, "We've undertaken countless and extraordinary changes in our warehouses...for the health,
safety, and well being of our employees and members."
No matter what its disgruntled members or employees say, Costco appears to be sticking
to its guns over the face mask policy for now.
According to Jelinek,
"We're choosing to err on the side of safety in our shopping environments.
Costco has continued to operate during this crisis as an essential business in all of
our communities, and our employees are on the front lines.
As part of a community, we believe this simple act of safety and courtesy is one that Costco
members and employees can undertake together."
The company also reminded its members that the CDC recommendation on the use of face
masks is clear: People should use cloth face coverings, quote, "in public settings where
other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain ([for example] grocery stores
and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission."
Costco also continues to emphasize the importance of social distancing along with the use of
face masks, to prevent people who might be asymptomatic from spreading the virus to people
who are well.
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