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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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Shoppers Are Boycotting Costco Right Now And Here's Why

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