Across New Zealand, McDonald’s branches have temporarily stopped accepting reusable coffee cups amid the ongoing coronavirus situation.

The move echoes that of Starbucks in the UK and US who have also temporarily banned reusable cups, however, Starbucks in New Zealand has not confirmed the same policy.

"The temporary suspension of reusable cups at McCafe is a precaution in place as part of broader measures to protect the health of staff and customers nationwide,” explained a McDonald’s New Zealand spokesperson.

Covid-19 is like the flu in the way it can spread. When a person who has Covid-19 coughs, sneezes or talks, they may spread droplets containing the virus a short distance, which quickly settle on surrounding surfaces. Infection can occur when those surfaces or objects are touched by someone who then touches their mouth, nose or eyes.

Many other cafés throughout the country are also introducing the temporary ban, implemented to reduce the risks attached to a cup changing hands multiple times.