Starbucks is reopening for takeout across Canada
Caffeine addicts, rejoice! You'll soon be able to grab your favourite iced drink while out on daily walks because Starbucks Canada is officially reopening for takeout across the country.
The company announced today that it's set to open cafe doors and welcome customers for walk-in take-out orders, albeit with many new safety measures in place.
"By this weekend, two-thirds of stores across Canada will offer grab-and-go service, which means customers can go inside a cafe to place their order to go, but all in-cafe and patio seating will remain closed," the company said in a release published Thursday morning.
We're working on welcoming you back to more locations. 💚— Starbucks Canada (@StarbucksCanada) May 11, 2020
To see if your neighborhood store is open, check the Starbucks App. pic.twitter.com/Ntf6y1HUmW
Starbucks says they've been working since the onset of the pandemic to develop news ways of operating in order to protect the health of employees and customers, all of which are consistent with the guidance provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada, provincial governments and safety experts.
When customers return to stores for takeout, they'll notice floor markers and signage directing them where to stand to remain physically distant. There will also be a plexi-shield at the cash as an added barrier to protect partners and customers, and employees will wear facial coverings and adhere to several other Starbucks safety measures.
We're opening more stores and we're making it more simple to get your favourites. Download the Starbucks App to find a store and order ahead, all with contactless payment.— Starbucks Canada (@StarbucksCanada) May 25, 2020
At participating stores. pic.twitter.com/gBjTnN9h0E
Stores have been closed for takeout for a while now in order to prevent the spread of the virus, instead offering only drive-thru services, delivery through Uber Eats and pickup at entryway or drive-thru after mobile ordering.
But now customers will have the option to walk straight into Starbucks stores once again.
"Following grab-and-go, Starbucks is poised to move quickly to allow customers to dine in its cafes and patios in a limited capacity," said the company in the release.
"Opening in-cafe and patio seating will be determined on a community-by-community basis, and Starbucks will work closely with local leadership, health authorities and provincial governments as the environment and regulations change."
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