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Starbucks to require face coverings at all company-owned stores in the US

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(KTIV) -- Starbucks has announced it is requiring customers to wear facial coverings while visiting all company-owned locations in the United States.

The mandate goes into effect on July 15 and is part of Starbucks' "continued effort in prioritizing the health and well-being of partners (employees) and customers."

Starbucks said in a statement on Thursday that customers who refuse to wear a mask inside can order from the drive-thru, curbside pickup or delivery.

The company announced back in April it would require employees facing coverings to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“The company is committed to playing a constructive role in supporting health and government officials as they work to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” said Starbucks in the statement.