The coffee chain says people will still be able to make purchases in-store and online, but they’ll be encouraged to take items to go.
Starbucks said in a statement online that it was modifying the MOP (mobile order and pay) handoff plane on a store by store basis and making changes to its cash handing procedures.
It says it’s also temporarily closing stores in “high-social gathering locations” such as those in shopping malls and on university campuses.
Two weeks ago, Starbucks stopped accepting personal, refillable coffee cups and stopped offering “for here” mugs” in an effort to halt the spread of the new coronavirus.
Customers who ask for those cups or bring in their own mugs have still received a 10-cent discount, but have been given single-use cups instead. According to the company, the 10-cent discount has been offered to customers who bring in their own cups since 1985.
Last week, it also said it was considering moving to drive-thru only, or only accepting mobile ordering for pickup or delivery through the Starbucks App or Uber Eats.
Employees with symptoms are also being asked to stay home.
Lush Canada and Lululemon are also temporarily shuttering their stores.
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