Starbucks Doesn't Want You to Bring in Your Own Mug Because of Coronavirus
According to The New York Times, there are now 163 confirmed cases of COVID-19 (the disease caused by coronavirus) in the U.S., up from 104 on Tuesday. That figure, of course, excludes the hundreds of people across the country who likely have it but have yet to be tested or slipped through earlier screenings. With so much uncertainty, the coffee giant decided to take it upon itself to reduce the risk of having the virus spread by temporarily suspending the use of reusable cups in North American stores until further notice.
"We will continue to stay close to our partners and local health officials, and we are optimistic this will be a temporary situation," said Rossann Williams, Starbucks' president of company-operated businesses in the United States and Canada, in a letter posted to the company's stories & news page.
While it's a bummer you won't be able to use Starbucks' reusable cups, personal mugs from home, or "for here" ware, customers will still be able to receive a 10-cent discount on anyone who brings in their own cup or requests for "for here" ware.
Even more important, Starbucks will be increasing the frequency of cleanings at all of its stores, as the CDC says the virus is most transmissible through "respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes." It may even be possible to contract the disease by touching an object or a surface that has the virus on it and then proceeding to touch their mouth, nose, and potentially even their eyes.
As coronavirus begins to spread across the U.S., we are appreciative that large businesses such as Starbucks are taking the initiative to step it up with regards to sanitation and precaution. Here are other helpful Coronavirus Precautions You Must Take to steer clear of contracting COVID-19.