Coffee giant Starbucks is making plans to re-open some stores for full-service and when it does patrons will be asked to wear masks or some sort of face covering.
In a press release Monday, Starbucks Canada laid out a multi-step process for safe social distancing for customers and employees as it gradually resumes business during the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, a key component of the re-opening plan is a request of a “facial covering” for customers and employees. It did not define what that would look like although provincial and federal health officers have recommended non-medical face masks for people on transit or places where two metres of social distancing is difficult to maintain.
According to Starbucks, the face covering request is one of a number of initiatives that will also include mandatory temperature testing of employees before their shifts, plexiglass protection at counters and gloves available but optional for employees.
“Starbucks is respectfully requesting customers follow physical distancing and safety protocols recommended by public health officials, including wearing a facial covering when visiting stores as an added layer of protection for customers and partners (employees).”
Starbuck Canada is on track to resume operations in 65% of its stores by the end of this week and 85% of its stores by the end of May.
Among its re-opening efforts include three hours of comprehensive training for employees and enhanced cleaning.
As for what stores will re-open, Starbucks Canada says on its website it will decide based on a “data-rich dashboard” of comprehensive information, including store format details, government data on confirmed cases and trends about COVID-19.
“As the ability to test for COVID-19 increases, we’ll be able to continuously enhance our monitoring capabilities,” the company states.