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Costco is keeping special shopping hours for certain customers

The hours are meant to help customers most at-risk for COVID-19 to avoid larger crowds while shopping for essential items.

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There's good news for certain Costco customers.

The warehouse chain has announced that it's keeping its special operating hours at stores in the U.S. and Puerto Rico from 9 to 10 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday mornings for members age 60 and older.

The special shopping hours are also for people with disabilities and those with compromised immune systems.

Costco officials had previously announced that the special shopping hours would end July 26. Instead, the latest announcement expands the special hours to include more locations, although some stores have been offering the hours more days per week.

The hours, which were introduced in March 2020, are meant to help customers most at-risk for COVID-19 to avoid larger crowds while shopping for essential items.

Last month, Costco announced that its food samples would return to stores, but with different procedures due to COVID-19.

Also in March 2020, Costco shut down its food court seating areas when the pandemic took hold and pared back the menu to hot dogs and pizza for takeout only. Food courts have since reopened as well.