Yesterday, Starbucks announced in a release that all customers in U.S. Starbucks company-owned cafes must wear face masks or face coverings inside starting July 15. This measure comes as COVID-19 cases continue to skyrocket in the U.S. According to The New York Times, this includes spikes in several states that reopened first, like Arizona, Florida, and Texas. “The company is committed to playing a constructive role in supporting health and government officials as they work to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” Starbuck said in the release. The coffee chain also said the brand adheres to CDC regulations. Don’t want to wear a mask? You can still enjoy your cup o’ joe or baked goods without having to step inside a Starbucks. Customers that don’t wear facial coverings can order via drive-thru, curbside pickup using the Starbucks app, or have it delivered through Starbucks Delivers.
Starbucks has taken other precautions to help flatten the COVID-19 curve. In early April, they provided and required all employees to wear masks, according to NPR. Since then, the coffee chain administers employee wellness “pre-checks.” This includes taking their temperature before starting shifts. Baristas and workers also have the option to wear gloves while working. According to the Starbucks website, all cafes “observe elevated cleaning and sanitizing protocols that meet or exceed public health guidelines.” This includes the temporary closure of all restrooms in cafes (uniformed emergency responders and those covered by Ally’s law can still use them). And customers are encouraged to practice social distancing.View this post on Instagram