One of our most favorite experiences has been temporarily shut down due to concerns about the coronavirus. Costco's free samples are legendary, but neither the warehouse chain or the company that provides the service for the sampling, Club Demonstration Services (CDS), has publicly commented on the popular promotion.

However, Food & Wine is reporting that several sources, including the French affiliate of CDS, are saying the sampling has been temporarily halted. That info came from Business Insider.

The free samples are a huge reason why Costco remains so popular with members, and it has been a major topic of conversation on Reddit this week. And on the Costco Buys Instagram page, they are sounding off as well.

We reached out to our local Costco in Lafayette for confirmation, and they referred us to their corporate office. At the time of this story being published, they have not gotten back to us with an answer either way.