Costco cutting hours at stores, gas stations as of March 30 because of coronavirus crisis

Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY

Costco Wholesale Club is temporarily cutting weekday hours starting March 30 because of the coronavirus c.

Stores will close at 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and gas stations will close at 7 p.m., the company announced in a Facebook post Thursday.

"This temporary change will not affect weekend hours," Costco said in the post.

Costco is the latest to cut store hours in response to COVID-19, which also has led dozens of retailers to temporarily close. Walmart has trimmed hours twice at its more than 5,000 stores.

This week, Costco started a twice-weekly senior shopping hour amid the pandemic for some of its most vulnerable shoppers.

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On Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 to 9 a.m., Costco “will temporarily implement special operating hours for members who are 60 and older," the retailer said in a different Facebook post.

Because of panic shopping, which has left store shelves empty in many places across the country, at-risk groups including seniors have had difficulty getting supplies.

Store pharmacies also will be open earlier for the senior hours, but food courts will maintain normal hours, according to the Facebook post. The hours apply to all stores except for the company's Business Center locations.

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