Starbucks Is Reopening 150 Stores To Serve Takeaway Coffee
The stores will reopen their doors on 14th May. In line with the government's coronavirus measures, there will be no eat-in option.
Most of the locations due to reopen are drive-thrus, alongside a small selection of cafes offering takeaway, with delivery services expected to be brought in.
Starbucks said that its reopened branches will offer a "near-complete" beverage menu, which is sure to please fans of the coffee giants.
Meanwhile, the food menu will be slightly restricted, with a focus on "popular items".
NHS workers in need of a caffeine fix will be able to order themselves beverages on the house, too. They can choose any drink in Tall size only.
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Starbucks shut down all its UK coffee outlets in March in accordance with the government's lockdown measures.
The coffee providers explained that the emphasis on reopening drive-thrus was down to "more travel on the roads" as people return to work.
In his speech on Sunday 10th May, Prime Minister Boris Johnson advised that those who cannot work from home - such as those working in manufacturing and construction - should be "actively encouraged" to go back to work, but to avoid public transport.
New health and safety measures implemented at Starbucks will include Plexiglass screens, contactless payments, social distancing measures and new hygiene protocols and increased hand-washing guidelines.
UK general manager Alex Rayner said: "Every decision we make as an organisation puts your health and well-being - and that of our customers - first. The temporary closures of our stores in March was a difficult decision but the right one.
"We have been learning, testing and refining these operational standards every day and have tailored to the specific needs of our Government and healthcare officials. You will be able to work safely in our stores."
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