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February 24, 2020

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Costco ordered to prevent large crowds

COSTCO has been ordered to prevent large crowds forming at its Minhang store.

The Minhang District market regulatory body and the district’s public health department have found the retailer failed to take several public health measures, including preventing large crowds.

A total of seven measures should be taken, according to a directive from the district government, such as ordering security staff to maintain order and avoiding lines forming at service and cashier counters. 

Customers must keep 1 meter away from each other while queuing, and some best-selling products such as croissants and roast chicken have been pulled off the shelves to avoid overcrowding. 

Many shoppers who want to make bulk purchases of fresh food and daily necessities have flooded the store over the weekend.  

Costco already checks customers’ temperatures and insists they wear masks. It has also cut its closing time from 9:30pm to 7pm.

Minhang authorities have set a limit of 1,000 shoppers in the store at any time with designated queuing areas outside.


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