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Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times

Starbucks in-store customers will be required to wear face masks starting July 15

Walk-in customers at Starbucks will be required to wear masks starting July 15. Employees will also be required to do so. | AP

Starbucks will now require customers and employees to wear face masks when they enter stores.

The policy applies to all company-owned café locations in the U.S., according to a statement by Starbucks.

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.

“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,” reads the statement.

The news comes after an altercation between a Starbucks barista and a customer went viral, in which the customer refused to wear a mask, asked for the barista’s name, took a photo of him and said she would call the corporate offices.


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