Starbucks temporarily stops using reusable personal cups in stores because of the coronavirus, the coffee giant announced on Wednesday.
In an open letter published on the Seattle-based company Website, Rossann Williams, executive vice president and president of American and Canadian business, wrote how the company has “taken a series of precautionary measures in response to this emerging public health impact”.
In January, Starbucks closed half of its stores in China due to the epidemic, but many have reopened, officials said.
“Our priority remains on two key priorities: taking care of the health and well-being of our partners and customers and playing a constructive role in supporting local health officials and heads of government as they work to contain the virus, “said Williams in his letter on Wednesday.
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In his letter, Williams described five steps in the business, which include “increased cleaning and disinfection of all stores operated by the business to help prevent the spread of all germs” and restricting “all travel by plane linked to business, national and international until March 31. ”
The company “is also suspending the use of personal mugs and items” for here “in our store,” said Williams, noting that they would continue to honor “the 10-cent discount for anyone who brings a personal mug or request.” “here” “Ware”.
As part of these steps, Starbucks converted its annual meeting of shareholders in its hometown of Seattle to a virtual event solely because of concerns about the virus. The meeting will take place on March 18, as originally scheduled.
The festive event that attracted 4,000 shareholders last year was to be held in a theater in downtown Seattle. However, a cluster of viruses has emerged in Washington State, with 10 deaths reported.
“We will continue to stay close to our partners and local health officials, and are optimistic that this will be a temporary situation,” said Williams.
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