Starbucks is becoming a member of the rising listing of corporations scaling again companies in Canada due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The firm stated in a press release late Friday that it would shut most of its cafés and provide service solely by way of supply and drive-thrus for the subsequent two weeks.
“Thank you so much for all you’re doing, and above all else know that all our decisions are balancing partner and customer care, with science and facts, to serve our communities in the most impactful way we can as long as it is safe to do so,” Lori Digulla, president of Starbucks Canada, wrote in an open letter to workers.
Some Starbucks locations will stay open close to hospitals and health-care centres, “in the company’s efforts to serve first responders, health-care workers and their incredible support staff,” the letter stated.
“We don’t believe lattes are ‘essential.’ But in times of crisis, the government asks convenient food and beverage outlets to remain open when possible for pick up, drive-thru or delivery,” Digulla’s letter stated.
The firm had already closed a few of its seating areas inside its cafés and temporarily stopped refilling reusable mugs earlier this month due to the unfold of COVID-19.
Starbucks Canada additionally informed its staff it has expanded the “catastrophe pay” that it introduced Thursday to assist them.