UNITED STATES—Amidst the COVID-19 virus, Costco has changed the number of people who can enter a warehouse  together with each membership, which went into effect on Friday, April 3.

The wholesale chain announced on Wednesday April 1, that starting Friday they will allow no more than two people to enter the warehouse with each membership card. Costco issued the following statement on their website:

“This temporary change is for your safety and the safety of our employees and other members, and to further assist with our social distancing efforts. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.”

The change was made in addition to other accommodations from the retailer to maneuver through the pandemic, by opening the warehouse from 8 to 9 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for members who are 60 years old or older, and for those with physical impairments.

Due to  customers buying specific items in bulk, Costco implemented limits on certain items to help ensure other members are able to purchase merchandise they want and need. Returns will also be handled different for certain items such as:

-Toilet paper

-Bottled water

-Sanitizing wipes

-Paper towels


-Disinfecting spray