Starbucks Is Now Requiring Masks at all US Locations—Here’s What You Need to Know

You'll need a face covering to order that S'mores Frappuccino.

In a sea of coronavirus-related lifestyle changes, wearing a face mask has been a hot topic lately. But they’re here to stay—and for good reason. In the face of rising COVID-19 cases across the country, plenty of stores want to keep employees safe, and are now requiring customers to mask up. (Fortunately, Disney is now making character face masks.)

Now, masks are mandatory at Starbucks. If you want your Frappuccino, refresher or latte from Starbucks, you’ll need a face covering.

What Is the Official Mask Rule at Starbucks?

You’ll need to wear a mask when visiting a Starbucks cafe location anywhere in America. If you’re going inside to place an order and you need to wait to pick it up, you’ll have to wear a mask. It seems like this rule also applies to people going into a Starbucks to pick up a mobile order. Starbucks is serious about this—the company’s blog says employees have the “right to refuse service to customers who are not wearing facial coverings.”

Here’s how to make a DIY face mask that’s super affordable.

What if you leave your mask at home? You have options. While you won’t be able to go in to order, you can still go through the drive-thru or place an order for curbside pickup on the Starbucks app. If that sounds like a lot of effort, you can have your Starbucks delivered.

Where Else Do I Need a Mask?

Starbucks is far from the only retailer to require customers to have a facial covering, although they’re the first food chain to do so. Costco has required them for several months, and so has the Apple Store. You really should be wearing one when you grocery shop, too. Other stores have encouraged customers to wear masks, but haven’t made it mandatory.

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Emily adores both food and writing, so combining those passions as a writer for Taste of Home makes perfect sense. Her work has also appeared in Birds & Blooms and on TV Insider. When she’s not eating peanut butter straight from the jar, you'll find her running or birdwatching. Emily is currently a journalism graduate student at the University of Missouri.