Starbucks Halts Use of Personal Cups Amid Coronavirus Fears

If you're used to bringing your own cup to Starbucks, you may want to heed the chain's new announcement.

Coffee lovers will now have to use paper cups for a while. Starbucks announced that for the time being, it is suspending the use of personal cups and tumblers to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. The policy will take place at all North American stores.

While the famous coffee company will still continue to give a 10-cent discount to customers who bring in their own cup, the chain will not serve beverages in these outside containers.

Rossann Williams, Starbucks' president of company-operated businesses in the United States and Canada, said in an open letter, “We are optimistic this will be a temporary situation."

Starbucks said employees will increase the number of cleanings at all of its stories in the U.S. The company will also suspend business-related air travel, both international and domestic, for all of March. Large corporate meetings in the United States and Canada will also be postponed, the company said.

"We will continue to communicate with transparency and act courageously and responsibly to ensure the health and well-being of our partners and customers," Williams said.

CNN reported that Starbucks did not comment about how long it would suspend people bringing in their own cups.

According to the company’s website, the coffee chain has given people discounts for using their own cups since 1985.

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