At the Costco in Spokane Valley, Wash., the store is practicing social distancing by limiting how many customers can be in the store at one time. A line wrapped around the building Friday, March 20, 2020, but was moving so that the wait was only around 10-15 minutes. (Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review via AP)
UPDATED 7:41 AM PT — Thursday, April 2, 2020
Costco is, once again, temporarily changing its policies amid the influx of shoppers panic-buying at its stores as the coronavirus continues to grapple the nation.
On Wednesday, the grocery corporation announced it will only be allowing members one guest per membership card. Previously, members could bring up to two guests with them as well as their children.
The company said the move is designed to limit the number of people in the warehouse at one time per social distancing efforts suggested by the CDC as well as the Trump administration.
Over the past few weeks, Costco has placed limits on in-demand products, halted food sampling and is no longer accepting returns on certain items.
The new “one guest rule” is slated to begin Friday, April 3, 2020.