The first case of an employee diagnosed with coronavirus closed a Seattle Starbucks.
Starbucks temporarily closed a location in downtown Seattle after an employee was diagnosed with Covid-19 and quarantined. This is the first case of coronavirus contracted by a Starbucks in-store employee.
The company immediately closed the affected store, initiated a deep-clean procedure and sent home employees that had direct contact with the infected person. Per CDC protocol, all employees who were working with the infected person during that shift were being self-quarantined for 14 days.
Additionally, all Starbucks employees waiting out the 14-day isolation would be paid for shifts that they were already scheduled for during the quarantine, including the employee recovering from coronavirus at home.
This news comes on the heels of the new coronavirus-related guidelines Starbucks released, which include pausing the use of personal cups from home, restricting business travel and increasing store sanitation protocols.