Starbucks to require customers wear face masks inside its cafes

Marco Green
July 13, 2020

Starbucks will start requiring customers to wear facial coverings or masks in all 9,000 of its company-owned American stores beginning July 15.

As local municipalities and states decide whether to mandate facial coverings, Starbucks has decided all of their company-owned locations within the US will require them.

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"This decision was based on a growing number of government mandates requiring individuals to wear facial coverings while in public as well as guidance from the CDC and other public health officials and partner feedback", a representative for the company told ABC News in a statement. "As such, our partners have the right and responsibility to refuse service to customers who are not wearing facial coverings", the company added. Phase 2 permits the reopening of offices, in-store retail, outdoor dining, barbers and beauty parlors and numerous other businesses. Until now, the company has just requested that masks be worn.

Most Starbucks stores are now open for to-go orders only, but some have started to offer seating indoors and outside on patios. In some areas, the company has offered socially-distanced and limited seating inside cafés and outside on patios.

"At select locations where a local government mandate is not in place, customers that may not be wearing a facial covering will have various options to order their Starbucks, including ordering at the drive-thru, curbside pickup through the Starbucks app or placing an order for delivery through Starbucks Delivers", read the statement.

Julia La Roche is a Correspondent at Yahoo Finance.

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