Starbucks suspends refilling of reusable cups as coronavirus precaution [Video]

  • As a precaution during the coronavirus outbreak, Starbucks has temporarily suspended the use of reusable and ‘for here’ cups at its stores.
  • Starbucks’ move is just one of many steps that major food chains are taking to protect staff and customers from the coronavirus. 
  • The 10 cent discount will still be in effect if you do bring your own cup or ask for ‘for here’ ware.

Bringing personal or reusable cups to Starbucks has been a habit for several customers, whether as an effort to reduce waste or for the 10 cent discount. 

But the coronavirus outbreak has prompted the coffee giant to temporarily switch back to single-use.

In an open letter published Wednesday, Starbucks executive vice president Rossann Williams wrote, “We are pausing the use of personal cups and “for here” ware in our stores. We will continue to honor the 10-cent discount for anyone who brings in a personal cup or asks for ‘for here’ ware.”

Photo Credit: Haven Orecchio-Egresitz

Williams continued that the company has been monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and has taken precautions to prevent the spread of all germs. In addition to increased cleaning and sanitizing of stores, it is also restricting business-related air travel for employees. 

Williams stated, “Our focus remains on two key priorities: Caring for the health and well-being of our partners and customers and playing a constructive role in supporting local health officials and government leaders as they work to contain the virus.”

Several other major food chains have started similar precautionary measures to reduce customers’ and employees’ exposure to the novel coronavirus.

Some restaurants in China, which is believed to be ground zero, have begun “contactless” services.

Customers can order via phonecall. Otherwise, customers have their temperatures checked before ordering on an in-store touch screen that is regularly disinfected.

Customers who have their food delivered will be provided with the temperature readings of everyone who came into contact with their food. This way, customers are assured that nobody with a fever prepared their food.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises everyone to practice hand hygiene by washing the hands frequently and thoroughly for around 20 seconds each time.


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