Starbucks Will Require Customers to Wear Face Masks at All U.S. Locations

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Those in certain parts of the country are already accustomed to wearing face coverings inside Starbucks cafes and elsewhere in public.

Now the coffee giant is making it a nationwide mandate for customers to wear face coverings at their 9,000 company-owned stores in the United States starting on July 15th.

Those who refuse to wear masks can get their orders via curbside pick-up, drive-thru or using the Starbucks app, the company said.

In order to prioritize the health of their employees & customers, this mandate will affect about half of the company's 18,000 stores.

"This decision was based on a growing number of government mandates requiring individuals to wear facial coverings while in public as well as guidance from the CDC and other public health officials and partner feedback," a representative for the company told ABC News.

In April, Starbucks began making it mandatory for employees to wear face coverings as part of broader safety guidelines implemented amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Currently, there are over 20 states with a statewide mask mandate.

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