Costco updating mask policy, no longer giving exceptions to those with medical conditions

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Costco is upping their mask requirements for customers.

Although Costco was one of the first retailers to mandate masks for shoppers, it gave an exception with those shoppers with medical conditions. But, starting November 16, the wholesale club will require all customers, members and employees to wear masks or face shields with the exception of children under 2.

"Members and guests must wear a face mask that covers their mouth and nose at all times," Costco said on its COVID-19 updates page. "Individuals who are unable to wear a face mask due to a medical condition must wear a face shield. ... Entry to Costco will be granted only to those wearing a face mask or face shield."

Mask-wearing has been a point of contention across the country throughout the pandemic, with some people claiming that mandating it is a violation of their rights.

“If a member has a medical condition that prevents them from wearing a mask, they must wear a face shield at Costco,” Costco President and CEO Craig Jelinek wrote in a letter to members this week.