Starbucks bans reusable cups in UK branches to stop spread of coronavirus
STARBUCKS has banned reusable mugs from its UK branches as a temporary measure as the outbreak of coronavirus continues.
The Seattle-based coffee chain wrote an open letter, signed by executive vice-president and president of the company, Rossann Williams, confirming today it was putting the measure in place in the US and Canada.
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But tonight spokeswoman for the European and UK branches of the coffee chain told The Sun the same steps were being taken in the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
She confirmed that branches would still honour the 25p discount for those who bring a cup – but they won't be able to use it.
In a statement, she said: “We are actively monitoring the situation and taking precautionary measures to ensure the ongoing wellbeing of our partners (employees) and customers.
“Out an abundance of caution, we are pausing the use of personal cups or tumblers in our stores across the UK.We asked other chains if they would be suspending reusable cups too.Greggs, Costa and Pret all said they would continue as normal while monitoring advice from the Government and the NHS.
Mr Lynch added the chain will be introducing “increased cleaning measures” for their stores.
It comes as the first patient in the UK has died from coronavirus.
The Royal Berkshire NHS Trust, where the patient was being treated, said they had underlying health conditions.
The number of cases in the UK has now jumped to 116 today, health officials confirmed.
It comes as supermarkets say they're rationing stock to prevent people from panic-buying items.
We've also revealed how paying for holidays and flights on your credit card can protect you against last-minute cancellations.
Wilko is also reducing sick pay for 21,000 shop and warehouse workers as the disease continues to spread.
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