Burnley's drive-thru Starbucks among one of first in country to reopen

Burnley's drive-thru Starbucks outlet will be one of the first to reopen across the country following the coronavirus lockdown.

Friday, 15th May 2020, 7:00 am

The drive-thru store, which only opened several months ago in Barracks Road, is one of 22 Starbucks outlets reopening across the North-West, with 150 in total across the country.

To ensure the safety and wellbeing of everyone in store, measures have been put in place which not only align with government guidance, but also follow learnings from markets ahead of the UK in the recovery curve such as China, where 90% of Starbucks stores are now open.

All stores will be operating with reduced opening hours and safety measures include:

Burnley Starbucks is to reopen

Ongoing and regular hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

2m social distancing throughout the store

Upweighted cleaning with regular sanitisation of high touch point areas such as countertops

Plexi screens at pay points

Contactless payment only

All beverages served in paper cups

With the NHS still very much on the frontline, Starbucks stores across Britain will also be offering any Tall drink of their choice for free.

Alex Rayner, general manager, Starbucks UK, said: “We are proud to be back serving our communities with the phased reopening of our stores, starting with Drive-Thru and a handful of stores for takeaway only.

"Although our stores will look and feel a bit different with social distancing measures, plexi glass screens and upweighted cleaning procedures in place, the role coffee plays in creating connection and community hasn’t changed. Now, more than ever, having something familiar is incredibly important.”