On Thursday Starbucks made an announcement that it would start requiring customers to wear masks at its locations in all of its company-owned American stores across the United States.
The mandate will take effect on July 15, according to a statement from Starbucks.
“In our continued effort in prioritizing the health and well-being of partners (employees) and customers, beginning on July 15, we will be requiring customers to wear facial coverings while visiting all company-owned café locations in the US,” Starbucks said in a statement.
The Starbucks mask requirement supersedes local laws in some states or cities that might have not implemented mandatory mask ordinance. For some customers who refused to wear masks inside the location will still be able to use the drive-thru, order for curbside pickup, or get their order delivered.
Starbucks is the first national restaurant chain to roll out a mask policy for customers across the US.