Costco resumes food court indoor seating and samples, and we can breathe a sigh of relief now.

Costco has been perpetually open during COVID—thank, God—responsibly regulating toilet paper, flour, and all pandemic bunker items to panicked customers; but what we've really missed this last year was sitting down and grabbing a slice of pizza, hot dog, and a soda for under $2. And wandering through the Costco aisles on a Sunday afternoon eating samples for lunch. The reopening of indoor seating and sample distribution at Costco is starting to make the world feel "normal" again, sort of.

Richard Galanti, Costco Chief Financial Officer, said: "It's going to take some time. The food courts work. They're one of the things we're known for. We're pleased that they're coming back." Samples will be distributed via the plexiglass (sneeze guard) that we've all grown accustomed to. The indoor dining for the food courts will resume slowly per local guidelines and location but only will initially permit members. I guess membership really does have its privileges?!

Costco first opened in 1976 in San Diego, California. Their operating philosophy has been simple: Keep costs down and pass the savings on to our members. They currently have 795 warehouses in eight countries. To find the Costco closest to you, check out their locations, here.

What have you missed most from the food court and/or samples? Commiserate in the comments.