The retail giant, Costco, has reported a change in its policy regarding face masks and medical exemptions used by its members. The spiking numbers of COVID-19 cases across North America have prompted Costco CEO, Craig Jelinek, to write to members with an update to the policy grating entry to the members-only retailer. The President and CEO of Costco revealed the rising number of COVID-19 cases across the U.S. has forced the company to introduce a new policy requiring a face shield to be worn by those medically exempt from wearing a facemask.
Costco introduced its face mask policy in May requiring customers to wear a face mask to gain entry with their membership card. The retailer initially stated it would not require face masks to be worn by those who had a medical exemption from wearing them. However, the continuing spread of the CVID-19 virus has led to a rethink from the company that now requires all members to wear some form of face covering. The letter from Craig Jelinek to members and the policy published on the company website explains a face shield must now be worn by every member wanting to enter a Costco store.Read More »
Costco has been one of the most rigorous when it comes to sticking rigidly to the face coverings suggestions offered by the CDC and local governments. However, the stricter facemask policy is based on the recommendations from the CDC that the rate of transmission will be lower if face coverings become the norm for all members of the community in the U.S.
Despite the consistent messages from Costco, the CDC has made it clear the use of face shields has not yet been proven to provide the protection that is offered by facemasks. The issue of facemasks and face shields continues to be controversial in the U.S. with the CDC yet providing a definitive answer to the question of how effective face shields are for most people. The protection provided for both the wearer of a face shield and those around them from the droplets potentially carrying COVID-19 has yet to be proven in the same way it has for facemasks.
Costco is moving forward with its latest face-covering policy for all members of the retailer and has not placed a time limit on when the policy will be removed. The main details provided are that all employees and members of Costco must now wear a facemask unless they have a medical exemption, which means they will have to wear a face shield. Transmissions hit record highs for COVID-19 on Wednesday with the infection rate rising to more than 140,000 new confirmed cases across the U.S. Wednesday.
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