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  • The requirement will be in place regardless of local regulations.
  • Where a local government mandate has not been made, customers without facial coverings will be able to order at the drive-thru, curbside pickup through the Starbucks app or by placing an order for delivery through Starbucks Delivers.
  • Starbucks employees have been required to wear masks since April.

Starbucks will soon require all customers to wear face coverings or masks while inside any of its U.S. locations, regardless of whether a mask mandate has been issued by local officials in the area, the company announced Thursday. 

“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,” Starbucks said in a statement


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The coffee-giant said at select locations where a local government mandate is not in place, customers without facial coverings will be able to order at the drive-thru, curbside pickup through the Starbucks app or by placing an order for delivery through Starbucks Delivers. 


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The requirement will go into effect on July 15. 

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Starbucks employees have been required to wear masks since April while working to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the use of masks or cloth facial coverings when it is not possible to stay at least 6 feet away from others to help stop the transmission of the virus. 

While there is no national mask mandate, a growing number of states and Washington, D.C., have issued mask requirements. 

The University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) on Tuesday projected 208,255 COVID-19 deaths by Nov. 1 as cases continue to surge in several states across the country, but said that number could be reduced by 45,000 if the vast majority of people wear masks in public.


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Published on Jul 09, 2020