Starbucks has announced that it will now require all of its customers to wear face masks when they visit the coffee chain.
The new rule, which will be implemented at all Starbucks-owned sites, begins on July 15.
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The big coffee company said in a press release that if customers don’t have a mask – for example, in areas where no local government mandate is in place – they won’t be allowed inside from the property but will be able to order Starbucks via a reader-through, for sidewalk pickup or place an order for delivery.
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The mask rule is just one more effort from society, which has already increased its cleaning and other protocols in response to the COVID-19 epidemic. Stores located in cities where the government has a mandate to wear a mask outside have already required customers to wear one inside to place or pick up an order.
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Employees must already wear masks at work.
Recently, Starbucks policies have been pushed back.
Early last month, Starbucks changed its policy regarding baristas wearing Black Lives Matter clothing after receiving a backlash for a memo that allegedly prohibited team members from wearing clothing supporting the movement.
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Roz Brewer, Starbucks chief operating officer, and Zing Shaw, Starbucks vice president for inclusion and diversity, said in an open letter following controversy that the brand “would be designing new t-shirts with the graphic below to demonstrate our alliance and our show ”. we are united in unity. “