Starbucks temporarily closing some stores to slow spread of coronavirus

SEATTLE — Starbucks announced Sunday that it will be temporarily closing some stores nationwide for at least two weeks and shifting others to a to-go model to help reduce the spread of coronavirus.

“In communities such as Seattle and New York with high clusters of COVID-19 cases, we will reduce operating hours or temporarily close select stores,” a release from the company said.

Starbucks said it will also temporarily close stores in high social gathering locations such as malls and college campuses.

At all other North American locations, customers will no longer be able to use in-store seating but will still have access to mobile ordering, drive-thru and delivery.

Starbucks did not specify exactly which stores will be affected.

Read the full statement here.