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Starbucks Will Keep Its Cafés Closed Until May 3 In Light Of The Coronavirus Outbreak

Kristin Salaky
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Starbucks announced in a post this week that it would be extending its temporary café closures to the beginning of May in light of the COVID-19 outbreak.

In the post, the company explained that it would be continuing its modified operations of drive-thru, mobile order, and delivery-only stores through May 3 as a social distancing measure. The blog post also said that some locations would be looking into entryway hand-offs for mobile orders because of high volumes in its drive-thrus, but this will vary by location.

Starbucks first announced that it would be a primarily drive-thru only operation in mid-March, a model which it planned to implement for at least two weeks.

In addition, Starbucks also announced it would be extending all temporary COVID-19 benefits until May 3, including Catastrophe Pay and Service Pay. As a refresher, this means that any Starbucks employee "who is sick, or feels more comfortable self-isolating for any reason can stay home" and implement catastrophe pay. Those who are healthy and continue to work will receive an additional $3 per hour via Service Pay.

"After May 3, we do intend to slowly begin to adjust back to more normal operating models and benefits plans, recognizing that the COVID-19 situation in each community is still incredibly different and fluid," the blog post read.

Starbucks also said it would be sending thermometers to all company-operated stores for those who would like to take their temperature before they begin working. They noted that this is voluntary and would be used in addition to its "Quick Connect wellness checks."

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