If you’ve been missing your daily Starbucks run lately, things are about to turn around: Starbucks Canada has announced that they are hoping to reopen several stores across the country by the end of May, with new health and safety measures in place amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

While some stores have remained open with reduced and/or modified services, such as drive thru, delivery and pick-up only, the coffee brand will begin to open additional stores with the aforementioned services.

Additional services like curbside pick-up and walk-in orders will be implemented on a community-by-community basis, as Starbucks Canada keeps in close communication with health officials, local leadership and provincial governments.

Previously announced precautionary measures, including mandatory facial coverings for staff and extra cleaning protocols will remain in place. Staff will also be required to take a temperature check prior to beginning a shift and plexi-shields will be installed at all points of service, like cash registers.

“A lot has changed over the last six weeks,” Starbucks Canada president Lori Digulla said in a statement. “As we enter this new phase, we know that we can evolve how we serve our customers as restrictions begin to lift and we are ready to continue to be fluid in how we serve our communities.”

Starbucks Canada will also continue providing catastrophe pay to employees unable to work, as well as train partners on new safety measures.


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