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Starbucks is requiring customers to wear face masks inside its coffee shops starting July, 15, the company confirmed Thursday.
The Seattle-based coffee chain is prioritizing the health and safety of its employees and customers, a spokesperson said, as more retailers grapple with how to stay in business and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Starbucks coffee shops will have signs that state customers are required to wear a facial covering in stores and customers can utilize the chain’s mobile app, order drive-thru or curbside pickup in addition to placing orders for delivery in areas where a local government face-covering mandate is not in place, the spokesperson said.
“We continue to prioritize the health and well-being of our partners (employees) and customers and play a constructive role in supporting health and government officials as they work to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” a Starbucks spokesperson told FOX Business in an email.
The number of incidents surrounding its face-covering policy in recent weeks have increased. An employee working at the chain's Midland, Texas, the store was assaulted for explaining the company's face covering policy, officials said.