Rejecting reusable cups is a sensible practice. You can’t guarantee that people wash their cups well enough. Nonetheless, is Starbucks going to stop accepting cash? Is it going to refuse the use of bank cards and loyalty cards? Or what about customers touching chairs, counters, doors, walls and so on?
It’s arguable that the Starbucks reusable cup precaution is more scary than helpful. What’s scarier is that Starbucks is preparing to close stores in the event that outlets are directly affected by coronavirus infections.
Its five “precautionary steps” includes the following:
We have provided scenario- based procedural information to our store teams on how to report and support anyone that may express they’ve been impacted by the virus, including store closure decision making support.
“Store closure decision making support.” Basically, Starbucks is willing to close stores if an employee has coronavirus symptoms. Or perhaps if they learn that a customer has or had the coronavirus.
So yeah, not being able to use your beloved reusable cup may be the worst of your caffeine -addicted problems.
Coronavirus Covering The United States
To be fair, Starbucks’ new policies are simply a reaction to the ongoing spread of coronavirus throughout the United States.
At least states have now reported cases of the coronavirus.
As previously mentioned, (people have died , with ten deaths in Washington State and one in California.
It’s likely that other outlets besides Starbucks will look closely at the possibility of store closures if the situation worsens.
What’s particularly grim about Starbucks’ new store-closure readiness is that it foretells how
the US retail industry will be severely impacted
by the coronavirus.
the North Star Mall in San Antonio closed this week after a patient who’d tested positive for coronavirus visited it. Likewise, a recent survey found that 70% of Americans will avoid malls and entertainment venues if the outbreak worsens . So stores may end up being closed by default, since few if any people will visit them.
All of this points to an aggress grim scenario. The World Health Organization (WHO) recently
increased its estimate of the coronavirus’ death to 3.4% .
As the likelihood of coffee shop and store closures suggests, coronavirus could disrupt and impoverish our daily lives. Without the ability to go out for coffee, to go to the mall, or to
even watch sport , enduring the coronavirus “pandemic” will become that much more difficult.
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