In an effort to encourage social distancing, Starbucks suspends seating and is offering a “to go” model only. Starbucks as been proactive in taking measures to slow the spread of coronavirus, starting with their suspension of “to go” and “for here” cups and moving into this suspension of seating.
A news story released by Starbucks says, “Starting today, Starbucks will be moving to a “to go” model in all company-owned stores in the U.S. and Canada for at least two weeks.”
Starbucks suspends seating by pausing the use of both indoor seating and patio seating. However, customers will still be able to get a beverage at the counter or through the drive-thru. You can also order via the app for a quick pick up or request your order be delivered with a delivery service.
The condiments bars will be different than their usual set up, though the details on what that will look like are yet to be released.
Some stores may also face temporary closure. The news piece says the company may see, “Temporary closures for company-owned stores in high-social gathering locations, such as malls and university campuses; Temporary store closures or reduced operating hours in communities with high clusters of COVID – 19 cases.”