Starbucks stops use of personal cups, increases cleaning amid coronavirus

Posted at 4:54 PM, Mar 04, 2020

(KGTV) -- Starbucks announced Wednesday that the coffee chain will stop using personal cups amid the coronavirus outbreak.

In an open letter, EVP and President Rossann Williams said the stores will continue to honor the 10-cent discount for anyone who brings their own cup or requests “for here” ware.

“As part of communities worldwide, we are navigating this situation with nimbleness, learning and adapting as new information is made available,” Williams said.

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According to the letter, the company has also increased cleaning and sanitizing to help prevent “the spread of all germs.”

The company also said it has restricted all business-related air travel both domestically and internationally through March 31.

Williams says the company has learned from its partners in China who were first faced with the virus.