Costco is pulling their free samples over safety concerns as a result of the growing coronavirus fears.
Costco banning free samples over coronavirus. https://t.co/usFpGHijEY
— Ananda Rochita (@AnandaRochita) March 7, 2020
At first, it was uncertain if only select stores would be pulling samples, or if it applied to all Costco stores. Club Demonstration Services, which provides in-store marketing events for Costco, also declined to comment on the removal of free samples late Friday, and Costco refused to respond to USA TODAY’s request for comment, according to Chicago Sun Times.
Costco stores in California, Washington, and Florida all said they had yet to receive news on when Costco would be offering up free food samples again.
You can cancel flights, sell out of hand sanitizer, and cancel events, but suspending Costco free samples?
You got my attention how do we stop this corona virus
— Cameron Yip (@cyip31) March 7, 2020
Costco also announced this week that it is struggling to keep bottled water, disinfectants, and other critical supplies in stock as shoppers prepare for potential quarantine. In fact, some Costco stores have even put limits on how much toilet paper and paper towel customers can purchase.
“We’re getting deliveries daily, but still not enough given the increased levels in demand on certain key items,” Costco CFO Richard Galanti explains, according to the Chicago Sun Times.