CostcoPolicy changed that occurred 11/16/2020

T Nov 19, 2020 Review updated:

Costco is breaking federal ADA laws. Autism causes sensory issues making it impossible for many to wear a mask or face shield
I have a family member that is Autistic she attends HCS elementary school. Primary area of Disability is Autism, 2nd area Intellectual Disability severe per the IEP she can not wear a face mask because of sensory issues. Her mother was embarrassed, severely harassed & asked to leave several times trying to shop at Costco on 11/17/20 in Myrtle Beach, SC. Craig Jelinek President & CEO Costco changed the policy on "11/16/2020, we will require all members, guests and employees to wear a face mask or face shield at Costco locations. Entry to Costco will only be granted to those wearing a face mask or face shield. Children under the age of 2 are exempt. Costco has had a face mask policy in effect since May 4, 2020 but members who could not wear a mask due to a medical condition were exempt. This is no longer the case. If a member has a medical condition that prevents them from wearing a mask, they must wear a face shield at Costco. This updated policy may seem inconvenient to some, however we believe the added safety is worth any inconvenience. the goal is to continue to provide a safe shopping environment for our members and guests and to provide a safe work environment for our employees."

Costco does not offer all items for sale online. Many items they sell are only available for store purchases only. Not available online in any way. Shopping in the store is the only way to view many items that are only offered for a short time period. Therefore they are not offering Alternative measures for those that are disabled.

This is a clear violation of ADA Federal laws. This is discrimination for those that are disabled and clearly unable to wear a mask. Not allowing someone to enter a property because of a disability is against the law. Looking for a powerhouse attorney that can take on Costco. Parents when you go to Costco make sure you have documentation to show that your child is disabled and unable to wear a mask. This is against the law.

  • Updated by trish2os · Nov 19, 2020

    This policy must be changed or a lawsuit must be filed to stop Costco from Breaking the law.

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    Amber O Dec 20, 2020
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    Please go to HeathyAmerican.org and get your info & documentation for your state, we all can sue them for violating ADA.

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    Amber O Dec 20, 2020
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    @Amber O Sorry the website is https://www.thehealthyamerican.org/

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    Amber O Dec 20, 2020
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    Thank you for sharing because we’ve been harassed as well!

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    obieephyhm Nov 30, 2020
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    As a person who played a small role in the drafting and review of ADA in its early and late states more than 30 years ago, I agree with this person. Costco is violating federal law and is discriminating against people with disabilities. I further agree that the claim that the ability to purchase online that is being offered as the 'equivalent' fails on more counts than I care to elaborate on here -- although the author did a great job pointing out several of the more salient points.

    States and corporations cannot over-ride federal laws. Costco does not have enough evidence (beyond falling victim to the hysteria) to claim that going beyond the former mask policy will make any material difference in the spread of the any of the corona virus family -- which, by the way, is a different thing than the spread of Covid-19 and which is not confirmed to be spreading.

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