Starbucks temporarily closing most locations in Canada due to coronavirus

Starbucks temporarily closing most locations in Canada due to coronavirus

Starbucks temporarily closing most locations in Canada due to coronavirus

Starbucks Corp said on Friday it will close most of its company operated cafes across north America for two weeks, limiting its services to drive-throughs, to help stem the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus.

The company said it is keeping select locations in and around hospitals and health care facilities, as well as licensed stores (the ones inside grocery stores like Target or Safeway) open.

Starbucks Corp. said it has closed most locations in the USA and Canada for two weeks and will pay workers for the next 30 days, amid the increasing fallout from the coronavirus.

The move comes just days after the chain closed its seating areas but still allowed customers to get takeout coffee from all of its shops.

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In a March 15 statement from Rossann Williams, Starbucks's executive vice president and president of United States and Canada company-operated business, customers will still be able to get "grab-and-go" coffees, meaning you can order via the mobile app, drive-through, delivery, or café, but all outdoor and indoor seating is closed.

In the U.S., Starbucks had already said it would pay workers more to ensure its stores are clean. Likewise, the company also expanded catastrophe pay and says it will continue to offer mental health and sick pay benefits, as well as childcare support.

Starbucks (SBUX) is temporarily suspending indoor access to all of its 15,000-plus US cafés and will move to a drive-thru and delivery only as the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread.

"This is a crisis that is moving quickly, and we need to stay ahead of it and do our part, recognizing this is often confusing, frustrating and dynamic", Starbucks Canada president Lori Digulla said in a statement, acknowledging that the closures "may come as a surprise or seem sudden" to staff. She also made sure to note that employees have the choice to continue coming into work or not.

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