Starbucks ‘strongly recommends’ mask wearing inside its stores, no matter vaccination status

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Starbucks has reversed course on its mask policy as COVID-19 cases rise across the U.S.

U.S. Starbucks stores are now “strongly” recommending that customers, no matter their vaccination status, wear masks while inside its stores.

The company stopped short of requiring masks, however, unless local laws require them.

Starbucks was one of the first chains to start lifting mask requirements for vaccinated patrons, though that rule was likely hard to enforce or verify.

As a private business, Starbucks has the legal right to set requirements such as mask wearing while on its property and many legal experts say the company could potentially require employees to be vaccinated, something other companies, but not Starubcks, have done as Aug. 3, 2021.

There have been a slew of inaccurate claims made that mask mandates from private businesses are illegal or infringe on someone’s legal rights.

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