It is temporarily forbidden to bring your mug and tumbler.
Starbucks visitors in the US and Canada will only drink coffee from disposable cups.
Due to the possibility of coronavirus spreading, Starbucks has decided to strengthen prevention measures and entirely switch to disposable tableware to minimize the transmission of the virus and prevent it from spreading through reusable tableware.
Now guests will not be able to use their cups when buying coffee. Previously, when a customer came with his bowl, coffee shop workers asked him to remove the lid, which presumably reduced the possibility of bacteria and virus transmission. Now, this measure was considered insufficient, and the personal dishes were banned altogether. In this way, the company hopes to block the possible exchange of viruses between customers and staff.
Although the company is in favor of increasing the use of reusable tableware as a more environmentally friendly and even offers a 10% discount for those who come with their cup, in light of the current situation with a dangerous virus, it was decided to retreat from the development of environmental awareness temporarily. Especially since the share of clients bringing reusable dishes was only about 5%, good news for those who will still come with their cup, however, will be that they will get a discount, but at the same time, they will serve them coffee in a disposable cup.
But these are not the only measures the company has taken. Given that the virus, according to the latest data, can survive on the surfaces for nine days, coffee workers will pay additional attention to sanitation and improve standards of hygiene. The cleaning procedures will be revised towards toughening, and staff will be paid for the extra hours spent regularly disinfecting all surfaces. The company will also reduce the number of business air travel for its employees. Also, the number of crowded meetings and appointments will be reduced as well.
As Rossan Williams, executive vice president of the company, said in a March 4 address, the company has so far identified two main priorities for the company - "care for the health and well-being of customers and partners" and "support for local health officials and government leaders" to curb the spread of the virus.