Starbucks Canada is temporarily closing stores in "high-social gathering" locations
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On Sunday, Starbucks Canada President Lori Digulla announced that the company would be temporarily closing its “high-social gathering” locations for at least two weeks.
This means company-operated Starbucks outposts on university campuses or located in malls that don’t have exterior/street access will stop operating altogether for the time being.
Starbucks also announces it would be reducing its operating hours or temporarily closing select stores in communities with high clusters of COVID-19 cases.
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In addition to this, starting Sunday Starbucks will move to a “to go” model across the country in order to “prevent prolonged social gatherings” in cafes.
The “to go” locations will have no seating indoor or outdoor, but the café, Mobile Order & Pay, Drive Thru, and Delivery options will all still be open.
The condiment bar will be modified in all stores, and the Mobile Order & Pay handoff plane will be modified “on a store-by-store basis.”
Starbucks has also made the decision to invest up to an additional $10 million into the company’s financial emergency CUP Fund, and other resources globally to support its employees’ needs beyond pay.
With coronavirus on the rise, Health Canada is reminding individuals who attend events and large gatherings to monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. And if you’re not feeling well, they recommend staying home at this time. Also, due to unexpected cancellations, please check the event you plan to attend is still taking place. Keep up with COVID-19 news here.