Costco — Policy changed that occurred 11/16/2020
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.