(KGTV) -- Wholesale retailer Costco is making facial coverings mandatory for all its shoppers.
Starting May 4, Costco shoppers will be required to wear a mask or face covering that covers the mouth and nose at all times while in the store.
Children under age 2 or people unable to wear face coverings due to medical conditions are exempt from the requirement.
Costco representatives say the change is for the safety of guests, employees and other members, and to further assist with social distancing efforts.
Additionally, Costco is limiting the number of guests allowed in stores per membership card. At all U.S. locations, no more than two people will be allowed to enter per card.
However, stores in El Paso, Texas; Kentucky; and Puerto Rico will only allow one person per membership card.
Other changes that take effect May 4:
- Costco says most of its stores and gas stations will return to normal business hours. Click here to look up hours for the location nearest you.
- Some Costco warehouses will be open 9 a.m.-10 a.m., Monday-Friday, for members 60 years of age and older, and people with disabilities. No other shoppers will be allowed in the stores during the special hours. Pharmacies will be open, but the food court will be shut down during the special hours.