Starbucks started requiring customers to wear face coverings in its stores on Wednesday.
The policy applies to all company-owned café locations in the United States, Starbucks said. The policy is to protect the health and well-being of employees and customers, the company said.
A representative at the Starbucks on Oak Ridge Turnpike, near Main Street Oak Ridge, said the store is company-owned and requiring face coverings. Oak Ridge Today was not able to reach a representative at the other Starbucks, which is inside the Kroger store at Westcott Center, late Wednesday afternoon.
“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 said.
Starbucks said it is committed to playing a constructive role in supporting health and government officials as they work to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Health experts say that wearing a face mask is one of the steps that people can take to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Other steps include staying at least six feet away from people outside your home, washing your hands frequently and thoroughly for 20 seconds, and staying home when you are sick.
For information on additional safety measures and what customers can expect click here for an at-a-glance guide for customers.