Costco is letting healthcare workers and first responders go to the front of the line

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We all know the amazing work doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers are doing on the front line of fighting the battle against the coronavirus. Now, one warehouse retail chain is giving them the VIP treatment by allowing them to go to the front of the line when they go shopping.

Costco announced its priority access for healthcare workers and first responders policy as part of its coronavirus response plan. According to the official statement, any Costco member who works in healthcare and emergency roles — including doctors, nurses, police officers, EMTs and firefighters — can “present a Costco membership card and official identification of their role” to be allowed access to the front of any line to enter the warehouse.


The announcement came as part of a series of changes Costco has made to its shopping experience as a result of the pandemic. Some of these changes include:

  • Suspension of their popular food samples.
  • Special shopping hours of 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. from Tuesday through Thursday for members ages 60 and older, along with members with disabilities.
  • Restrictions of the number of shoppers per party to no more than two.

Other companies are going above and beyond to treat our country’s healthcare heroes with some extra kindness as well.

Winn-Dixie grocery stores across the U.S. announced a dedicated shopping hour from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Monday and Tuesday just for first responders, healthcare workers and their own store associates.

“Our associates, first responders and healthcare professionals are working extra-long hours to take care of our communities and we want to do our part to take care of them,” the company posted on Instagram.

Starbucks is giving all front-line responders a free tall iced or hot coffee through May 3.

Through April 15, Mattress Firm is donating 10,000 pillows to healthcare workers and active first responders on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic.

In an effort to help healthcare workers keep their families safe, Hilton hotels and American Express teamed up to provide 1 million free hotel rooms for healthcare workers to medical workers through May 31.

We love seeing companies stepping up to take care of those who are giving their all to take care of us during this health crisis.