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Starbucks Is Requiring Face Masks At All U.S. Locations

Jul 14, 2020, 11:45 AM | Updated: 11:45 am
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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Starting Wednesday, you’ll be required to wear a mask if you’re going inside a Starbucks location, the company announced.

The policy applies to all of the company’s cafe locations in the United States.

“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 Drivers,” according to a Starbucks statement.

The company said the policy is in place to prioritize the health and well-being of employees and customers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Customers are also “respectfully” required to follow social distancing and safety protocols recommended by public health officials.

“It is our responsibility to protect our partners and comply with local public health mandates,” according to Starbucks. “As such, our partners have the right and responsibility to refuse service to customers who are not wearing facial coverings.”

The stores have also closed restrooms to the public in stores where cafe seating is unavailable, with exceptions made for uniformed emergency responders.

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Starbucks Is Requiring Face Masks At All U.S. Locations