ISSAQUAH, Wash. - Costco is ending its special shopping hours for seniors and frontline workers on Sunday.
In March 2020, the retailer launched early shopping hours from 9–10 a.m. for customers 60 and older, healthcare workers and first responders—groups considered by the CDC as most vulnerable and at-risk of COVID-19.
It was an early pandemic policy that lasted for more than two years with the ups and downs of the coronavirus.
In July 2021, Costco moved to end the early shopping hours, but when the Delta variant emerged, opted to reduce the hours to just Tuesdays and Thursdays, a decision they considered as early as July 2020.
After April 17, the early shopping hours will end entirely.
People who do not want to pack in with the other customers during normal business hours are encouraged to instead shop online on the Costco website, the retailer says.
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