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Costco, Home Depot to limit number of people in stores during COVID-19 pandemic

Last updated on April 7, 2020

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Beginning tomorrow, April 3, Costco will allow no more than two people to enter one of its stores on the same membership card in an attempt to limit crowds and prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Previously, Costco members were able to bring up to guests with them during each visit to its stores.

Home Depot said it would also limit how many people would be allowed to enter the store. The statement by the company did not say how many people it would allow in its stores at one time; how they would regulate this restriction was not clear.

Earlier this week, Costco announced that it was changing its hours at most locations. Most stores will now close at 6:30 p.m. between Monday and Friday.

On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, Costco limits access to only customers aged 60 and older in an attempt to keep senior citizens, a high risk group, safe during the pandemic.

As most big box stores have, Costco is limiting on the number of purchases allowed for certain high-demand items and is no longer accepting returns on toilet paper, bottled water, sanitizing wipes, paper towels, rice and disinfecting spray.

Home Depot also said Wednesday that it would add “social distancing markers” near cash registers. They will also social distancing reminder signage around its stores and will make announcements throughout the day reminding customers to keep a safe distance over the stores loudspeaker.

Home Depot also said it would begin checking employees’ temperatures before shifts to ensure that they are healthy. Walmart has also announced that they have begun this practice as well.

The Rockwall Costco is located at 1225 TX-276. Home Depot is located at 765 East I-30 in Rockwall.

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