Starbucks will start requiring customers to wear facemasks in all US stores.

As a part of a “continued effort in prioritizing the health and well-being” of its employees and customers during the pandemic, Starbucks released a statement saying it will require customers to wear facial coverings or masks in all of its 9,000 US stores beginning July 15.

“The company is committed to playing a constructive role in supporting health and government officials as they work to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” the statement continued.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says everyone “should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public (…) Face coverings are meant to protect other people in case the wearer is unknowingly infected but does not have symptoms.”

According to CNN Business, roughly 20 states and Washington, DC, have a statewide mask mandate, while several, including in new hotspots Arizona and Florida, do not.


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