Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - The next time you head to Costco, be sure to take a face mask. Costco says it will begin the mandatory policy Monday.

To protect our members and employees, effective May 4, all Costco members and guests must wear a mask or face covering that covers the mouth and nose at all times while at Costco. This requirement does not apply to children under the age of 2 or to individuals who are unable to wear a mask or face covering due to a medical condition.

The use of a mask or face covering should not be seen as a substitute for social distancing. Please continue to observe rules regarding appropriate distancing while on Costco premises. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Costco is also setting aside one hour during the week for customers 60 and older and those with disabilities. Stores will be open from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Monday through Friday for members who meet this criteria.

Also beginning Monday, most Costco locations and gas stations will return to regular operating hours.

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