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Coronavirus Updates: Costco To Require All Workers & Shoppers To Wear Face Masks Starting May 4

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) -- Costco on Wednesday announced that all workers and shoppers will be required to wear a mask or face covering starting next week in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19.

The policy goes into effect on May 4.

According to Costco, this new requirement does not apply to children under the age of two or to individuals who are unable to wear a mask due to a medical condition. The retail store says guests and members should still practice social distancing, even while wearing a face mask.

Meanwhile, the Minnesota Grocers Association is recommending all shoppers wear masks in all stores.

"Wear a face covering or mask while you are in the store. This is important as it protects both workers and customers. Please, if you are not feeling well, stay home," the association requested. "Due to this crisis, there are unprecedented pressures on the food chain from farm to fork. Deliveries are arriving daily to keep your pantry stocked.  We encourage Minnesotans to remain calm and mindful as they shop. Overbuying any products can prevent your neighbor from providing for their family."

To learn more about the new Costco policy click here.

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