Starbucks has announced that all customers must now wear face masks when visiting the coffee chain.
The new rule, which will be implemented at all Starbucks locations, begins on July 15.
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The big coffee company said in a press release that customers who don’t have a mask – for example, in areas where the local government doesn’t have a mandate – can’t access the facility, but can order Starbucks via a ride -thru, roadside pickup, or for order.
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The mask rule is just an additional effort by the company, which has already improved its cleaning and other protocols in response to the COVID 19 outbreak. Businesses in cities where there is a government mandate to wear a mask while outside are already requiring customers to wear a mask while placing or picking up an order.
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Employees must wear masks at work.
Starbucks policies have been pushed back a bit lately.
Earlier last month, Starbucks changed its guidelines for baristas wearing Black Lives Matter clothing after receiving a backlash for a corporate memo that reportedly banned team members from wearing clothing that aids the movement.
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Roz Brewer, Starbucks COO, and Zing Shaw, Starbucks’ Vice President for Inclusion and Diversity, said in an open letter after the controversy that the brand “would design new t-shirts with the following graphic to show our connectedness and show demonstrate We stand together in unity. “