Home Depot Stops Selling N95 Masks, Will Donate Supplies to Hospitals

Andrew Cummings
April 2, 2020

Costco and Home Depot say they will limit the number of customers it allows in its stores in the hopes of preventing the spread of the coronavirus, .

Costco will soon start barring any more than two people at a time per membership card from coming into their stores.

Home Depot launched new safety measures Wednesday that include limiting the number of customers who will be allowed in the store at any given time. Costco has also cut its hours of operation, offered special shopping hours for members age 60 or older, limited the number of some items members can buy at one time, restricted returns on some products and reduced services in some departments, according to the company's website. Gas stations will open at 7:30 a.m. each day and close at 7 p.m. during the week, and 6:30 p.m. on the weekends. Like many stores that have been permitted to stay open, it has reduced its hours, with warehouses in the US now closing at 6:30 p.m., according to Costco's website.

The chain will also promote "social and physical distancing practices in stores by marking floors and adding signage to help customers and associates maintain safe distances", according to a press release.

As millions of shoppers across the country continue to stock up on essentials like toilet paper, pantry goods and cleaning supplies, Costco is enacting new rules to limit crowding in its stores.

Previously, Costco members were able to bring up to guests with them during each visit to its stores.

Additional cleaning is being done at Home Depot stores and thermometers are being distributed to employees, who are being asked to perform health checks before reporting to work.

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