T&T now requires masks while inside stores, while Starbucks is encouraging customers to don masks at reopened cafes
More businesses are asking customers to wear masks and face coverings – either as a request or as a requirement – as social distancing measures slowly begin to lift in Ontario.
Today, Starbucks announced that as they aim to have 65 per cent of stores open again this week, they are requesting that all customers wear a face covering.
For employees, masks – along with daily temperature checks – will be mandatory.
And as of today, T&T has gone one step further and made mask-wearing mandatory for customers at all of their stores. “We believe it is the most effective way of preventing the spread of germs, and by wearing a mask you will help protect yourself and our colleagues,” CEO Tina Lee said in a statement.
Starbucks and T&T are joining a number of other retailers who have rolled out policies around mask use.
Face masks are now an everyday sight in Toronto, with public health officials encouraging widespread mask use as a way to precent those with COVID-19 from transmitting the virus to those around them.
Countless local businesses have begun manufacturing masks to meet demand, and Mayor John Tory has said that as Toronto businesses reopen, the city may impose a mandate on mask use in certain settings, such as stores, restaurants and transit.